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M*A*S*H, Black-and-Gold Style

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Where’s Hawkeye when you need him?
Ok, now that we have digested the first home win of the season, it is time to look ahead to the rest of the homestand.

Unfortunately, to do so, we need to walk through the trainer’s room and steal a look at the medical charts of Andrew Alberts, Mark Mowers and Marco Sturm.

Albie is out two to four weeks with a separated shoulder. Mowers is questionable with his own shoulder ailment and Sturmie is still suffering from a badly swollen leg.

Suffice it to say, this is not outstanding timing for the B’s, who have just begun to gel as a group.

And with the blue and yellow flashes of light called the Buffalo Sabres coming to town, fresh off a six game winning streak (they are 6-0-0 going into Friday night’s tilt with Carolina), Boston must continue to deploy Coach Lewis’ defensive strategies.

"Not much more to report on Alberts," said Lewis after today’s practice. "It’s probably going to be two-to-four weeks.

"And then, Mark Mowers went to get x-rayed this morning -- his shoulder, and we’re awaiting results of that. And Marco limped in here this morning and we just have to wait. We have to get the swelling down. And he’s working on his range of motion…to see if he can loosen some of that up.

"If none of those guys will be ready, then we’ll have to bring somebody up."

No word on call-ups before Saturday afternoon, though. Keep it here for updates!

With the partial lines, it was a very low-key practice this afternoon.

Defensemen wore black and forwards wore gold and were on separate ends of the ice, practicing puck movement and shooting. Lots of one-on-one with the goaltenders, and plenty of nice saves were seen on both ends of Ristuccia rink.

On Goaltending
Both goaltenders made baseball bat saves, flashing the big paddle out and knocking the biscuit away in the style of a Charlie Lau hitter.

Neither believed it was very good technique, but said you have to throw everything out there to stop the puck.

Tim Thomas indicated, "Great minds think alike."

At this, Hannu just took a sidelong glance at his locker room neighbor and shook his head.

They do make an odd couple, the B’s goalies.

Both agreed that they have disparate styles, but Thomas insisted he saw some "Timmy Scrambles" out of the younger keeper.

Hannu couldn’t disagree.

Not so shocking news…
After his fine performance on Thursday, Hannu is the starter Saturday and in practice on Friday afternoon the young Finn was as sharp as I have seen him in several weeks. Every movement had a purpose and he looked very calm.

After practice, the normally chill Toivonen, was so cool he was nearly catatonic, but shook off his mellow to give me an interview.

Toivo was also kind enough to give a shout out in Finnish to his fans overseas, so look for that, and the English-speaking interview, in an upcoming BruinsCast.

Back to the room
"We did a lot of things well, and we did a lot of things well as a team -- working together and doing things that we weren’t doing as well before. Which is playing as a team and putting the team first. And we did that a lot better last night."
Defenseman, Brad Stuart, on Thursday’s win

"Obviously, getting the first goal on the first shift is huge and it gives you momentum for the rest of the game…the fans were great, their reaction was awesome and it’s not a surprise for us, they’re great fans."
Forward, Patrice Bergeron, on the Boston Faithful

"When fans go crazy, it’s always great. I get that cold [feeling] going through my neck every time I hear that. I think that is awesome. Hopefully we’ll get that tomorrow night, too."
Goalie, Hannu Toivonen, on goalies and crowd reaction
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