Skip to Main Content
The Official Site of the Boston Bruins

Game Day: Rangers vs. Bruins

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
12:40 p.m.

Today's Lines...

Join the live blog, here.

12:31 p.m.
Tim Thomas has led the Bruins onto the ice and he will be the starter in goal.

12:27 p.m.
Coach Julien spoke about Savard just a few minutes ago.

"It's unfortunate. Anytime you lose a player it's and unfortunate situation especially [because] we know what Savvy can bring to our hockey club," said Coach Julien just a few minutes ago. "But, again, it's part of the game.

"Every team goes through it. You hear me repeating myself in that regard.

"We'll have to make the best of it," he said.

10:28 a.m.
Savard to Miss 3-4 Weeks
Bruins center Marc Savard will miss 3-4 weeks with a Grade 2 partial MCL tear in his right knee. He will not require surgery.

The injury occurred on Thursday, January 7 in the first period of the Bruins/Blackhawks game.

10:21 a.m.
Missing those large pieces of the Bruins lineup will certainly not be easy -- strategies will change, of course.

"Yeah, you have to obviously adjust," said Julien. "We don’t change our system, but we have to be a little bit better at it. 

"You make some adjustments and obviously you have to be a little bit more cautious in what you give the other team in order to stay in the game.

"We know it’s going to be tight games. We know it’s going to be a dog fight and at the same time, we’re going out West next week where it’s not an easy place to play so we’ve got our hands full," he said.

10:07 a.m.
We're still waiting on the official word about Marc Savard.

Yesterday, B's bench boss Claude Julien said that no matter how long Savard and Patrice Bergeron are out of the lineup, other players -- Vladimir Sobotka, for instance -- will be put in bigger roles and will need to play their best in order to stem the tide.

"You have to start leaning on guys like [Sobotka], when you’re in a situation with Bergy and Savvy, and I know he’s played that role in Providence," said Julien. "It’s a little different in the NHL, but you have to lean on him and you hope that he responds.

"I can’t answer that right now because, not because I don’t have confidence, just because we’re putting him in that situation probably for the first time.

"So I’ve talked to him already and said we obviously need you to be at your best here and then he’s going to come and give the best effort that he can and hopefully that’ll do the job for us."

Friday, 5:23 p.m.
The Bruins will provide an update on Marc Savard’s injury Saturday prior to the Bruins/Rangers game.

4:24 p.m.
As of earlier this afternoon, B's head coach Claude Julien had seen Marc Savard but had nothing new to say about his all-star pivot.

"Not yet," said Julien. "He’s being examined right now, as we speak, so hopefully later today and probably at the latest tomorrow morning."

And don't expect Savard on the ice tomorrow.

"Yeah, he’s definitely out for tomorrow," said Julien.  "I don’t know [about the seriousness].

"Again, even our trainers don’t even want to elaborate too much on it until he’s been examined...and I guess that’s why we’re kind of waiting for the results."

4:05 p.m.
Skate your lane is a popular hockey phrase, which means that you should do YOUR job and not worry about doing anyone else's work.

And from the sounds of the B's players post practice on Friday,  the coaching staff's immediate reaction was to tell their club to skate their lane as they tried to deal with the injuries to star centers Marc Savard and Patrice Bergeron.

"I think when things go wrong, we try to -- individually -- do a little bit more," said defenseman Derek Morris. "That's everybody's tendency.

"Everybody's mental nature is to push a little more and try and do a little too much.

"Then we get in more trouble," he said.

And as far as trying to find someone to step into Marc Savard or Patrice Bergeron's skates -- don't bother.

"I don't we can try to have anybody fill Marc's void," said Morris. "We have to go do what we do well and then we'll be successful.

"Krech [David Krejci] has to play Krech's game. Wheels [Blake Wheeler] has to play his game. We can't have them trying to do the stuff that Marc does.

"If they do what they are going to do in their game the best [they can] and Dennis [Wideman] does his best and I do my best -- we all do our best -- we're going to be fine," he said.

To Morris' right in the locker room, Steve Begin said many of the same things.

"As a player each one of us has to do their job; their own job," he said. "We have to work at it a little bit more, but keep it simple.

"That's how we are going to win games."

That's especially so when a team is missing key components.

"Especially with Bergeron missing, Savvy missing -- two key players right there up front -- the most important is to give more, work hard and just keep it simple.

"Just keep doing your job, too.

"I can't try and do Bergy's job. I mean, it's not going to work,"  he said.

B's head coach Claude Julien isn't trying to make anyone into anyone else -- he just wants his club to play better as a team, no matter who might be on the roster.

"That’s what our task is as a coaching staff," said Julien. "We have to still find ways to win hockey games and play better.

"Obviously, its going to take everybody working even harder and better together as a five man unit, if you want to put it that way, and make sure that we don’t allow [ourselves] to fall behind in games too much, because some of your key players that can score goals and that make differences in games, and those guys are out right now."

12:58 p.m.
Coach Julien is speaking to the media as I type: No update on Savard as of yet. It should come later this afternoon or at the latest tomorrow.

12:08 p.m.
Practice is winding down. Hopefully I will have an update on Savard, soon.

11:56 a.m.
Defenseman Derek Morris had the pressbox buzzing after his spinarama at the top of Tuukka Rask's crease during the mid-practice shootout. Morris lost the handle at the last second, but had everyone upstairs wondering if it were a legal move and applauding its creativity.

11:51 a.m.
Hello to my live blog family, and I apologize for no in-practice festivities today. I just want to be ready in case the GM or Coach Julien have anything to say about the B's injury situation or Marc Savard.

I promise to make up for today's non-live blog in the near future.

11:35 a.m.

The B's, including Trent Whitfield and Mark Stuart, are on the ice practicing.

Before the club hit the ice, I was thinking about last night and the Winter Classic and decided, not too profoundly, that over the course of the last four seasons (or my time with the B's) there have been moments that came to define the campaign.

On December 30, 2006, after the club fell 5-0 to the Nashville Predators, NESN's Rob Simpson stood transfixed and speechless as he was told that the Bruins had played one of their best games of the year, and the epitaph for the 2006-07 docket seemed ready to be written.

Then, after the near-tragedy of Patrice Bergeron's October injury, the rising action of 2007-08 came much later  -- on March 29 -- as the up and down Bostonians finally gelled as a team and pounded the high-flying Ottawa Senators 4-0 in order to cement their place in the NHL postseason...and, of course, the cacaphony of Game 6 seems to still echo in the TD Garden.

Last year, the sweep of the Canadiens might have been the most memorable moment, but the defining day of the season came when the Bruins pounded yet another team on November 1. But this time, however, the B's established dominance over that game against Dalla with their fists, as Andrew Ference and Shawn Thornton punched Sean Avery and Krystopher Barch, respectively, into submission. And, of course, Boston's heroics for the rest of that month carried them through the remainder of the schedule and into the Stanley Cup playoffs as the second seed.

As we go into tomorrow's contest, I began to think about the defining moment of the current campaign and thought to myself that it could really go in two directions. In one corner, we have the storybook ending of the Winter Classic and Mark Recchi's and Marco Sturm's heroics and the redemption of Tim Thomas. In the other, we have a succession of games like Thursday, where the injury riddled Bruins just couldn't keep their foot on the gas for the required number of minutes.

I'm sitting here watching the Bruins work, and I can't help feeling that the next next few games and practices will be the times that define 2009-10. And I really hope that when we look back at this season that it's the fantastic finish at Fenway, which remains iconic and representative of this campaign's team.
View More