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Practice Notebook: Los Angeles, 1.23.11

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Boucher, left, drops to the ice to make a save on a shot by Boston Bruins center Marc Savard during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
LOS ANGELES -- On Sunday afternoon, in preparation for the club's game versus the Kings on Monday night, the Bruins practiced at Los Angeles' Toyota Sports Center.

The B's worked out without center Marc Savard, who, after being shaken up after a hit during the B's 6-2 win over Colorado, was sent home to Boston for evaluation.

"He flew back today and I guess he just got back late this afternoon," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, post-practice.

"Nothing’s happened since he left or since he got back to Boston, so I haven’t heard of anything yet.

"We may not find out anything until tomorrow."

Asked again about Savard's condition following the hit, Julien explained that Savard remembered everything.

"His head was hurting because he got cut," said Julien.

"You know, our medical staff just felt it was [best to be] cautious with what’s happened to him, to send him back home.

"He had a headache this morning," added the B's head coach. "[But] they haven’t deemed it anything yet and that’s what’s going to happen in Boston

"They’re gonna check him out and figure out if it’s real serious."

Bergeron Keeps Finding the Net
Center Patrice Bergeron has only faced the Kings six times in his career, but he's got six points against Los Angeles off two goals and four assists.

But Bergeron and the B's are not expecting anything short of a battle when they Bruins enter the Staples Center on Monday night.

They'll need an effort similar to the one that overwhelmed the Avalanche on Saturday in Denver.

"Obviously, that’s what you need to win games and I think we did that yesterday afternoon," said Bergeron, who was 1-2-3 against Denver. "It was a great game from top to bottom [for] the whole game

"Consistency has been something we’ve talked about and I think we want to get better at it and we’ve been doing that the past couple weeks."

Bergeron has been more than consistent and has found his name on the score sheet plenty of times this season.

With 16-23-39 totals, Bergeron leads the team in points and has augmented his lauded play on the defensive side of the puck with a decent helping of offense.

"The puck is going in now, and it’s fun to see" said Bergeron, who explained that he was always working to contribute offensively.

"You know I’m [still] taking pride in doing all the little things as well.

"I don’t really stop to look at those stats, so I’m just worried about the wins and obviously if I can chip in offensively...that’s going to help the team so I’m happy about that."

And Bergeron was very happy with how he and his teammates battled back from a flat effort in Boston to dominate in Colorado.

"Yeah. We talked about it before the game, too," he said. "The game before was against Buffalo and that, obviously, wasn’t the result we wanted.

"It wasn’t the game that we wanted to show in front of our fans, so we definitely wanted to bounce back."

McQuaid Pleased With Return
Defenseman Adam McQuaid returned to the lineup versus Colorado and was a plus-2 with 16:32 of ice time.

"Yeah it was nice," said McQuaid, "nice not to have to wait too long to get another opportunity and you know for us to get back on the winning track felt good."

McQuaid said he didn't try to do anything special and just stuck to his normal, simple approach to defense.

"Well, I mean it’s the way I’ve always played, so I try and play my strengths like everybody else," he said. "So, you know, I try to do things simple...and sometimes you have to do things that maybe aren’t fun like blocking shots and stuff like that, but it’s part of your job."

No matter who is on the job on Monday night, McQuaid said the B's will have to be ready for the Western Conference club.

"They have a lot of skill up front and pretty good depth so they’re gonna come hard and we’ve got to be ready for them," he said.

Line Shuffle
In the absence of Savard, during today's practice David Krejci centered Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton on the “white” line and Tyler Seguin was in-between Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder on the “silver” line.

Gregory Campbell remained with Shawn Thornton as Daniel Paille returned to the “merlot” line.

Meanwhile, Patrice Bergeron maintained his spot centering Mark Recchi and Brad Marchand on the “gold” line.

Coach Julien said that the new configurations would be in use for at least the beginning of Monday's game.
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