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Pre-Game: Heard in the room…

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Head Coach, Dave Lewis

On Glen Murray:
He doesn’t want to go through two games on and three games off. Especially at this time of year. We ’re going to err on the side of caution, take that extra day if we need to. He’s an experienced guy and a veteran guy and you can’t question his judgment because he knows his body. When he tells us he’s ready to go, we’ll take his word for it.

On Chuck Kobasew’s first practice with the team:
He’s got to have the clearance before he can have contact. We’re going to practice tomorrow and right now I don’t think he has clearance to have contact. This was just for him. It was good to get him on the ice with the group and shake hands, talk to the guys and practice here. He’s in good shape but not in contact playing shape.

On Brad Boyes:
He’s going through the net better. I think that’s helped him. He’s around the net. It’s funny how you get a goal or two and all of a sudden you start to believe in yourself again and your confidence grows. I think he’s in that stage right now.

Goalie, #31, Joe MacDonald
On the Bruin’s fight for the playoffs:
I think it’s exciting. We’re right in the thick of things and what, five or six points out. We’ve got a lot of hockey left. There are a lot of games. I’m really excited, it’s a great organization, and everything I’ve heard is top of the line.

On his role with the team:
We’ve got a young team here and I watched a lot of their games and they work hard every night. It’s a goaltender’s job to get them in a situation that at the end of the game they have a chance to win. I think that’s going to be huge here.

Goalie, #30, Tim Thomas
On the recent road trip:
Going into the trip if anyone would have said we were going to end up four and two we would have been happy with that. We beat some good teams in their buildings: Tampa Bay, Toronto, and Buffalo. We need to keep plugging along like we have been.

Forward, #12, Chuck Kobasew
On his reaction to getting traded:
Whenever you get traded you are obviously surprised by it, but I’m looking forward to it. It’s a great city, a great organization. I know a bunch of the guys already and the other guys I met today are nice guys. I’m really looking forward to it.

On life in Boston:
I spent two years of my life here: one at BC and one at Lowell. I know what kind of city it is. You’re going to an organization that got huge history and there is never a downfall to that. You look at the young talent in this locker room combined with the handful of veterans and that’s exciting.

On his existing connections in Boston:
It makes it comfortable that way, especially when you come into a locker room where there are guys on the team you know. I played with Bobby [Allen] and I know Andrew Alberts from BC. Donovan, Savard, Ference, they were all teammates of mine. It’s good to be back playing with guys you know.
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