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Heading for the Habs

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Sorry ladies, Toivo has cut his flowing locks

Goalie Hannu Toivonen has gotten a haircut.

No word as of yet as to why, but the young man looked very determined to stop EVERYTHING out there today and was very hard on himself when he didn’t.

Perhaps the new do was simply to change the luck. Hopefully it has a reverse Sampson effect.

And maybe it has already worked, as Hannu made the save of the year, thus far, from his belly.

He dove to his left to slide and cut off the angle on a forward on a breakaway, he picked off the puck like a shortstop sliding on his chest.

On the next shot, he did the splits to stop a chance to his right.

The Turk was in the house
Legendary Boston Bruins player and broadcaster Derek Sanderson was in Ristuccia checking out the team on Tuesday morning.

The two-time Stanley Cup champion had some very interesting thoughts on the squad and admitted that he is still a big fan of the Boston Bruins and wants them to do well.

Be sure to check out tonight’s BruinsCast (podcast) featuring the Turk.

The Lines
The lines were a little wacky today.

Actually, they were a lot wacky, what with Mark Mowers testing out his sore wing in the non-contact portion of practice. So the Bruins had TWO lines of four guys and obviously, the lines will not be set until the coaching staff knows who will be healthy on Thursday night.

The below is not very useful, other than to note that the top two lines are intact.

Kessel, Bergy, Muzz
PJ, Savvy, Boyesie, Mowers
Hoggan, Yan, Preems, Donovan

The defense (no pairings yet):
Dempsey, Jurcina, Mara, Chara, York, Brookbank and Alberts

Like Mowers, Andrew Alberts skated during the non-contact portion of practice. They skated for 20-25 mintues.

Marco Sturm did not participate in practice, but did skate prior to practice. He is still day-to-day.

Brad Stuart is wearing a splint on his broken finger, and coach said he might be back in 3-4 weeks.

And F.Y.I., Nate Thompson was returned to Providence following the game on Saturday.

Any word on future call-ups might happen tomorrow.

Practice makes perfect
The goalies, again, saw a ton of shots thanks to the many odd man rushes set up by the coaching staff to maximize offensive chances, simulate defensive breakdowns and create some chaos.

Head Coach Dave Lewis put the club through its paces, doing sprints from sideboard to sideboard.

They say you play like you practice, right? Patrice Bergeron never stops working. NEVER.

After practice, while the forwards practiced cycling the puck and shooting from the point, Marc Savard caught a rut, acted like he had caught a figure skating toe pick and nearly landed in a heap by the right face-off dot closest the Bruins locker room. Savard yelled, "What the [heck] was that!"

Seeing that the guys nearest him noticed it, he got up red faced and skated away shaking his head. Savvy was even man enough to take some good-natured ribbing from me (who trips over the blue line) and said that "The ice up and bit me."

Practice Prattle
"This is a good team…it hasn’t gelled yet. This is a young team, and they don’t even know each other. I just spoke a little bit with Glen Murray and he’s an old, wily veteran, and he knows that. It’ll take 30-40 games to get to know each other, get your combinations. You’ve got good management; you’ve got positive effort going forward. Individually, they all have skills, great skills…they got it all going. It’s just going to take some time to gel."
Bruin Legend, Derek Sanderson, on the 2006-07 Bruins

"We’re looking for some goals and we have to get some more shots, I think. Especially myself. You know, last game I played 22 minutes without having a shot. That’s not great…We’re just stressing get the puck on net, get guys to the net and something’s going to happen."
Forward, Marc Savard, on jump-starting the offense

"Little momentum changing things could lead to having two or three shifts. Those two or three good shifts could lead to having a good period. A good period could lead to a good game…and that good game could stretch to two or three games…yah, it’s the little things build up to become big things. For whatever reason we know that we need that little spark. And we all feel we can do better and we can’t wait until the next game versus Montreal."
Defenseman, Zdeno Chara, on the Montreal Game
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