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Philippe Suave, er, Sauve…Aw, forget it…Phil reports to Providence

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
A Savior in Sauve?

Ok, so, continuing the personnel turnover, the Boston Bruins acquired a goalie last night in exchange for Tyler Redenbach.

Even though I can’t find any of the hockey staff here to tell me anything about him (most are in Washington with the team), I looked around the net and had this hopeful bit to say about our new goaltending property:

Is a solid technical goaltender and gets himself in perfect position to make routine stops most of the time. Has good bloodlines, since his father Bob was a longtime NHL goalie.
Has so far struggled to live up to lofty expectations. Needs to prove he can rebound from adversity.
Career potential: No. 1A goalie.

Wow. Really?

So, as I read into that, it’s not a bad pick up at least in terms of depth in the pipes and should alleviate the goaltending shuffle that happened last week -- and hopefully Hannu gets better soon, anyway.

And as long as the new guy’s nickname is not "Rico" we will all get along fine.

BTW, there is a link to the official release on last night’s blog entry.

Last year Tim Thomas was 2-0-1 versus Washington with a 2.97 GAA, while Patrice Bergeron earned 4 points against the Capitals…On the flip side, Alexander Ovechkin had a 2-2-4 line in his time versus the B’s last season…Wayne Primeau is two assists shy of his 100th NHL assist milestone…Shean Donovan is one point shy of his 200th NHL points.

It’s good to have options
After practice yesterday Coach Lewis tripped on a question about having a "fourth" line, and said that it is important that the players on the-line-formally-called-the-fourth-line be versatile players who are ready to play whatever type of game is necessary at a given time for a given team in a given situation.

"I always believed, and I learned this from Scotty [Bowman]," explained Coach Lewis, "options are really important for a coach. It’s a motivator. It’s a necessity. It can throw the opponent off when you have different options.

"I like to have that."

And if those options can come from the fou-, oops, I mean "energy" line, that’s even better, says Coach.

"You can pull a guy up and put him anywhere," said Lewis. "You can use him on the power play. Lately I’ve been trying to give those players more responsibility on the penalty kills."

Fourth line blues? Not necessarily for Red Wings
When we were talking about versatile lines yesterday, Dave Lewis talked a little bit about his time in Detroit where his "fourth" line was:

Robitaille - Larionov - Holstrum.

"So, any one of those guys could play anywhere," said Coach, with a smile.

Keep it here for more game day info…
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