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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Injury Update

Marco Sturm did not skate this morning and remains day-to-day with swelling in his leg. Andrew Alberts and Mark Mowers did skate before the regular practice, but Andrew is still projected to be out for at least a couple of weeks, while Head Coach Dave Lewis said that Mowers might rejoin the team on the ice tomorrow.

Coach Lewis also said that Brad Stuart was going to see a hand specialist today, while Mark Stuart remains out indefinitely from off-season knee surgery.

Starting the week off right
Injuries aside, there was a pretty spirited practice today in Wilmington.

Marc Savard was up to his old tricks as Wayne Primeau dropped his stick and Savvy tried flipping it out of the rink. Preems recovered quickly and intercepted the attempt, saving a trip to the outskirts of the rink on his hands and knees.

You see, the rubber skate skirt does not go all the way around the rink.

Obviously, with some of the guys hurt, the Black-and-Gold are a few men short, so the lines looked like this:

Kessel, Bergy, Muzz
PJ, Savvy, Boysie
Hoggan, Preems, Donovan & Stastny


On defense:

Dempsey, Jurcina, Mara, Chara, York, Brookbank

By the way, I did not see Nate Thompson on the ice this morning.

The hilarity started by Savard and Primeau remained intact through the first drill when one player, who shall remain nameless, was totally lost and heard some good-natured ribbing from his teammates.

The offending player was totally bagged as not having a clue what to do, as he shot the puck in the completely opposite direction and had to crack a smile after initially protesting the "uproar."

The goalies saw plenty of shots throughout the session and seemed plenty happy with the work.

One-on-one drills, with the D-man and goalie attempting to adjust to pucks coming from all four corners of the offensive zone, caused plenty of difficult angles for the netminders.

The rest of their teammates were given assignments to improve their transition game and forechecking.

Veteran forward Glen Murray was on fire, moved around the rink as if he had an extra gear in his engine, and gave the defenders and goalies fits.

It was an awful lot of fun to be in the stands to see Big "Z" and Milan Jurcina manhandling forwards in the one-on-one drills. I would not want to be a winger in that scenario.

The end of practice showcased a modified shootout.

The team was divided into two lines of skaters. One skater from each team raced to the blue line, turned around and then raced to a puck at the other blue line. The lead skater who won the race to the puck, took the shot, while the other skater became a defender.

Very entertaining as the guys really got into the competition.

Another Scary Moment
Tim Thomas had to bolt off the ice when an enlarged ice chip flew off of one of the forward’s sticks and into his eye.

Thomas obviously had no idea what was in his eye, initially, and everyone held their breath before he returned to the ice unfazed. Tim said that it had felt as if he had been hit in the eye with an old school plastic pea shooting pellet gun.

The whole thing was very scary for a group that is a little sick of people getting hurt, especially since Tim Thomas is slated to be in goal on Thursday versus the Habs.

Bruins Beast Of the Week
I mentioned this late last week, but forgot to put it in yesterday’s blog. The Bruins fans that attended the game on Thursday welcomed the team and kept their energy high throughout. So, here is an official tip of the tuque to you folks. Here we go Bruins, here we go!

The WBZ NewsRadio Business Breakfast Series
WBZ NewsRadio, the Bruins radio flagship station is hosting The Business of Re-Building A Legendary Franchise to be hosted by WBZ’s New England Business Editor, Anthony Silva and Bruins Play-By-Play Announcer, Dave Goucher on Friday, October 27, 2006, at the TD Banknorth Garden from 8:00 AM -10:00 AM.

Join WBZ, Charlie Jacobs, Peter Chiarelli, Dave Lewis and Cam Neely for an in-depth discussion about the logistics related to re-building a legendary sports franchise.

This event is FREE to attend, however seating is limited and you MUST pre-register.

Click here to go to WBZ’s website for more info and to register.

Conversation about the Canadiens
"They’re such a storied franchise with all the Stanley Cups, and all the great players and coaches that have gone through there, it’s always special to face them in Montreal, and while I’ve haven’t been part of this rivalry [yet], this is a big game."
Forward, Marc Savard, on facing the Habs

"Obviously, growing up in Quebec City, we have a big rivalry against the Montreal Canadiens. Being a Quebec Nordiques fan, that rivalry was huge when I was growing up. Being drafted by the Bruins was awesome for me because there is also a rivalry between Boston and Montreal and I am just glad to be on the Bruin side."
Forward, Patrice Bergeron, on playing the Canadiens

"There still is a big Quebec City vs. Montreal rivalry and growing up that was one of the biggest things in Quebec when they played each other. And there is a lot of history in Montreal and it’s always fun to play a team like that."
Forward, Yan Stastny, on playing the Habs. Yan’s dad was a legendary member of the Quebec Nordiques.
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