Timmy is in goal tomorrow. In six career games against Carolina, Thomas is 2-3-1, with a 3.58 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. At home this season, Tim is 12-8-1 in 23 games with a 3.06 GAA and a .901 sv%. In 85 career games in the NHL, all with Boston, Thomas is 36-30-13, with a 3.01 average, .909 percentage and two shutouts.
Forward, and pugilist, Jeremy Reich should play again versus Carolina.
Bruins head coach Dave Lewis said: "I don’t think that either one of the two injured players is coming back (to play tomorrow)…Muzz (Murray) is going to try tomorrow morning, but not skating today does not really encourage me…Marco skated (today) but this was the first time since the sticking injury, and I don’t anticipate him in the lineup tomorrow, either."
Without Sturm and Murray, the Bruins are missing over 17% of their point production.
Reich has played in 11 NHL games and is 0-1-1 with 25 penalty minutes. His first nine games came with the Columbus Blue Jackets, followed by two with the B’s.
This afternoon, Boston did not skate sprints, as coach Lewis was pleased with their discipline last night: "We actually had some comments (from the players). They wanted to know what the number (of minutes) was and if they had to skate. It was a ’no-skate’ because of the (lack of) penalties…they finally got the message. I guess verbally, they got it. Physically, they got it. Mentally, they got it. They responded last night with a pretty disciplined hockey game. I hope it’s not a short term message though."
The Bruins had seven penalties to kill versus Buffalo on Feb. 1, followed by 10 against Carolina on Feb. 3, and only thee versus Washington last night.
They killed all three Capitals power play chances.
All six defensemen were on the ice, wearing black: Alberts, Allen, Chara, Mara, Stuart, York. Along with the goalies: Thomas, Toivonen
Sturm skated wearing a red, non-contact jersey.
Heard in the room "I do what I think is right at the time. There is no set plan…I think you go by what your team needs at that particular moment…I think (physical play) comes with confidence. We didn’t have a lot of confidence…and I think lately, the last couple of games, we’ve gained a little bit of confidence and you see it in our physical play. The guys are delivering some punishing checks and we had a couple of scraps lately, and it has sort of energized the team into the belief that we can accomplish more than we had been." Head Coach, Dave Lewis, on designing practice and physical play
"I think scoring that first one can be a monkey on your back and it was good to get it out of the way in the first game…playing with new linemates in a new system, it’s going to take a little while, and on top of that, I hadn’t played a game in almost three weeks, so it was a tough first period, but I got comfortable and relaxed in the second half of the game." Forward, Brandon Bochenski, on his first goal and first game with the B’s
"A couple of games ago, I finally got that goal. And we won. It’s always good to score and contribute to a win. Last game, again, another comeback victory and a shootout win. The guys are feeling a little better and a little more confident…were going to be at home (tomorrow) and we have to start picking it up at home, playing well at home again." Forward, Brad Boyes, on contributing and winning
"I think I’m an energy guy, a spark. Maybe get a hit, a fight, if the game is not going our way…it depends on how the fight goes, I guess. Sometimes the longer fights, it takes you a while to get your breath back, but…it also depends on how much you get hit, too. There are a few factors that go into it, but most of the time you recover pretty quickly…it’s the way I’ve always played. I don’t really know how to play any way else. That’s just the way I have played since I was little and I just go out there and play hard. I try to create momentum for the team." Forward, Jeremy Reich, on his game