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Game Day Skate: Washington

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Just got back from pre-game skate.

Tim Thomas is the starter tonight. Brad Boyes, who had been questionable for the last game, said he will play tonight, too.

And everyone else is healthy; so expect the same lineup as Thursday, since Yan Stastny was returned to Providence.

Speaking of the P-Bruins, new Bruins property, goalie Philippe Sauve, started and reportedly played well in a 2-1 loss. Hannu Toivonen did not dress for the second game in a row, after injuring his ankle.

Speaking of injuries, Jason York skated with the Boston squad and looked comfortable and reported no pain immediately afterward.

The Capitals did not skate, having lost last night, 4-1, to Carolina.

BTW: The air of confidence that I saw on Thursday night has remained in the locker room and has actually gone up a notch -- while there were lots of smiles on the ice, every player stayed after the skate.

EVERY PLAYER -- on a game day, no less.

So, obviously, the Bruins skated with a purpose. And the camaraderie that the players and coaches have talked about recently was not in dispute, either.

Lastly, Coach Dave Lewis and I walked in the Garden at a little after nine this morning, and both of us agreed that it was a beautiful day in Boston -- perfect for hockey.

Coach Lewis reports that he loves his North End digs and that the people in the neighborhood are very, very nice.

More later…Enjoy lunch!
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