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Ottawa vs. Boston

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Alex Auld is sporting new pads...
11:42 a.m.

Morning all. I've got some not-so-great news -- B's d-man (and special correspondent) Andrew Alberts is out.

"He's been having headaches for the last week," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien when asked about the defenseman's absence from today's pregame skate. "But everything has come back negative.

"The only thing the doctors think, (because) it's negative, is maybe post-concussion syndrome.

"(But) they're not major -- just minor headaches, so we are going to be cautious," he said.

Thankfully, however, his fellow BC-alum Bobby Allen, is feeling much better.

"I haven't had any problems, really, since I (returned) to skating," said Allen. "I haven't noticed anything.

"I feel good about it and I am not going to worry about it at all. I am just going to go out and play"

In other news, Brandon Bochenski and Shawn Thornton were last off the ice, with Tim Thomas coming in just before -- so the lines should look similar to those from Saturday and Alex Auld will go for the sixth straight time. This time, however, it looks as if he will be wearing some new Black & Gold pads.

"I like you use this stuff pretty new," said Auld, who is 4-1-0 since being dealt to Boston, on Monday.

Asked if he were superstitious and would changing pads be a problem, the big goalie answered in a strong negative.

"I'm not superstitious. I've worked too hard for that," he said.

I am going to sneak out and grab some lunch before things get too busy -- hang tight. JB

12:24 p.m.
A favor.

Go to story number five on the front page and take a listen to Story Time with Savvy. Laugh -- a lot and in your reverie head over to and vote for Marc and Z.

By the way, there is a rumor floating around that I yours truly is heading to Atlanta and to be able to cover both men would be outstanding!

And obviously, should I go to GA, I will be sure to bring back lots of great stuff.

It could have been bad...
2:53 p.m.
Speaking of superstition, one might not blame Tim Thomas if he is feeling a little targeted by the hockey gods, recently.

After enduring the injury that kept him out of commission for a bit, yesterday, a freaky situation had he and the rest of the people watching practice in Wilmington shaking their heads.

A wrist shot from Peter Schaefer hit him in the toe of the skate and cracked the "unbreakable" plastic on the front of his skate boot.

"My skate broke," said Thomas in disbelief. "You should see it, Bish!"

So I went and got it. It was a sight to see -- I have never seen that happen before.

"I've never seen anything like it," added Tim. "It was on Schaefer's shot.

"It was definitely not Savvy's shot -- you can put that in the blog."

Timmy started laughing after he said the above and said that the Boston play maker was on him right away.

"He was asking, 'Was it me? Was it me?"

"No," Tim told Savard.

Thomas regained his seriousness when asked if he was itchy to return to the ice.

"Of course," he said, before explaining that he will be patient. "Baby steps.

"I was just itchy to get back to practice with the boys, so we'll do that first and then we'll see what happens."

3:28 p.m.
A little more from Coach Julien:

On tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators…
"It is going to be an interesting night; both teams have their share of injuries. And both teams have risen to the challenge.  We know last time in this building it was a pretty good hockey game.  Hopefully for our sake the final score is a little different."

On playing with more energy…
"We just have to work harder.  I don’t know if the schedule eventually caught up with us, it was a long stretch of 11 out of 13 on the road in two and a half weeks. We just didn’t seem to have the jump we had as of late. I felt our team was a lot better yesterday at practice and we’ll have some energy tonight.  It throws that excuse out the window. We are ready to go head to head with these guys tonight.

On starting Alex Auld in goal tonight against the Senators…
"Yeah we are going back with Alex Auld tonight. With Manny’s (Fernandez) situation we needed another bonafide goaltender.  He has come in and done a great job for our hockey club.  Now we have Tim (Thomas) who has been cleared to play and practice.  We are going to him at least another day of good practice before we throw him back in there.  Fortunately we have two goaltenders who are playing well and that is to our advantage."

3:40 p.m.
Jeremy Reich was pretty honest with me, as far as his recent offensive outburst was concerned.

"I have to go and play the same way I've always played," said Reich, who scored his first NHL goal last Saturday. "It's not as if I am going to go and change my game.

"You have to forget about it, because if you keep thinking about it you're not going to be very good.

"I just have to stay focused," he said.

4:00 p.m.
Vladimir Sobotka, who is quickly learning English, agreed to a short, but sweet, interview today -- I think his first!

"Things here in the NHL are great," said Vlad. "I am glad to have been given a chance by Coach Julien.

"And I am (glad to) be on the fourth line with Reich and Noke -- I think the way we play (together) is good."

Pleased with the status and production of the fourth line, Sobotka allowed that the group must continue to produce and play the same way every night.

"But we must continue to do that every night -- the same way as last game."

"If we do that, I think it is going to be alright."

Sobotka and Co. have been much better than alright as far as I am concerned.

5:34 p.m. is reporting the Sens lineup thusly:

Phillips-Meszaros (sg) Gerber
Redden-Corvo (bg) Emery
Richardson-Schubert also reports...
Andrej Meszaros, who left Monday's practice after nine minutes favouring his left ankle, will play tonight against the Bruins. Meszaros blocked a shot on his left foot/ankle Saturday versus Atlanta and hasn't skated much in the past two days. The third year defenceman has never missed a game in his career... Martin Gerber makes his third straight start in net and is 2-0 vs. the Bruins this season with a 1.44 GAA.

6:29 p.m.
Alex Auld led the boys out of the room to a Tiesto Remix of the theme to Pirates of the Caribbean -- pretty cool. It had Blades hoppin'!

Alex went back to the Phoenix colored pads, by the way.

Here is my guess for a lineup:
Ference-Chara (sg) Auld
Stuart-Wideman (bg) Thomas
Allen-Ward Go Bruins!

6:43 p.m.
By the way folks, just as a reminder -- tonight is a Versus game!

Our Boys are leaving the ice so I'll seey ou on the Running Recap. Go Bruins!
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