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Preparing for Pittsburgh

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
4:01 p.m.

Coach Julien was also asked about the health of Milan Lucic and Marc Savard.

"Well, I guess they are getting better as scheduled, if I can put it that way," he said. "Both guys are progressing.

"With Marc [Savard] is a little more delicate because it’s a foot, but once he gets the boot off and he’s cleared he can start skating and from there on in hopefully it will go fairly quick.

"Milan [Lucic] is obviously getting to the point now where he is going to start handling some pucks and so on and so forth," he said.

Lucic has been seen skating. Does that mean he will be back in the lineup first?

"I have no idea," said Julien. "That all depends, because there is a broken finger there that, if there’s vibration and everything else every time he shoots it’s not a good situation.

"So I don't know how quickly it will heal. If that happens fine, but I cant answer that."

3:49 p.m.
After practice, Coach Julien was asked about having David Krejci back from illness.

"It's always nice to get those players back from those situations," said Julien. "He's a pretty good player and we can always use those players back in our lineup."

How'd he look, Coach?

"He didn't look bad to me today, and again, I wasn't going to be pushing him to the max when he hasn't been on the ice for awhile," said Julien. "He worked out yesterday off of the ice and today was his first day on the ice and he'll have morning skate.

"So hopefully he'll be ready for the game tomorrow night."

It was a little distressing to not see Michael Ryder on the ice, however.

"He's a little under the weather," said Julien. "But no H1N1 symptoms, if that's the thing that people want to know, but then again I am not a doctor.

"Everytime somebody is going to be a little under the weather at this point, we are going to play it safe and have them checked out.

"But there is nothing indicating that it's got anything to do with that," he said.

11:34 a.m.
Practice is winding down.

10:58 a.m.
Shawn Thornton has been chirping Tuukka Rask all morning. Anytime the young goalie lets anything in it seems like Thornton is there letting him know about it -- loudly.


10:48 a.m.
There is a lot of chatter from the ice this morning and there seems to be a little more engagement from the B's.

Julien also talked about that factor after the game on Saturday.

"Yeah, we just showed more emotion," said the coach. "And it’s not just when we’re scrapping.

"It’s a little bit of what I talked about last game. We’ve got to get out of our comfort zone here and get a little bit more.

"We want to turn those good performances that are a loss into a win and I think [to do that you need to] find that emotion and get out of that comfort zone [like] you saw a lot of guys do [Saturday]."

10:45 a.m.
Ryder a "?"
Michael Ryder is not on the ice for practice.

10:42 a.m.
Providence Update
From The Providence Bruins fell to the Hershey Bears 5-1 Sunday afternoon at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The P-Bruins got their goal from Mark Derlago. 

The P-Bruins took a 1-0 lead only 34 seconds into the opening period. Mikko Lehtonen held the puck in the corner and worked it to the left point for Andy Wozniewski. He took a shot and the puck was redirected into the net off the stick of Derlago, for his first goal of the season.  Hershey tied the game at one at the 16:39 mark.  Keith Aucoin tallied his fifth goal of the season, while Boyd Kane and Alexandre Giroux recorded the assists. The game went into the first intermission tied at one.       

The Bears took their first lead of the game at the 3:15 mark of the second period, while on the power play. Aucoin netted his second goal of the game and sixth of the season, with John Carlson and Zach Miskovic picking up the assists. Hershey made it a two goal advantage at the 7:37 mark, while on the power play. Patrick McNeill scored his second goal of the season, with Giroux and Karl Alzner getting the assists. The Bears added another goal at the 8:03 mark. Oskar Osala tallied his fifth goal of the season, while Jay Beagle had the lone assist. 

Hershey added an insurance goal at the 19:45 mark of the third period. Francois Bouchard netted his seventh goal of the season, while Andrew Gordon grabbed the lone assist. The Bears went on to the 5-1 victory. 

Dany Sabourin stopped 32 of 37 shots for the P-Bruins, while Michal Neuvirth made 24 saves for the Bears. The P-Bruins were 0-for-5 on the power play and 6-for-8 on the penalty kill. 

10:31 a.m.
David Krejci is on the ice for the Bruins here at practice.

10:19 a.m.
Before the ice was cleaned, Zdeno Chara joined some of his defensive brethren to get some early shots in.

On Saturday, much was made of the captain's omnipresent toughness and Chara's first goal of the season.

"He’s mad," said Julien, postgame. "I think he’s put a lot of pressure on himself to be a leader [and] when you score nineteen goals last year and you’re still looking for your first at this stage of the season, obviously it’s a little frustrating for him.

"He’s probably put a lot of pressure on himself which made things probably worse instead of better.

"There’s no doubt it was probably a big sigh of relief to get that goal and hopefully it takes the pressure off him and gets him going in the right direction as far as his play offensively," he said.

10:01 a.m.

B's defenseman Mark Stuart was second to the ice this morning.

Coach Julien had plenty to say about Stuart -- and his physical play -- on Saturday.

"That’s the element that Stuey brings to our hockey club, he’s a pretty strong individual and a physical player," he said. "When he plays like that he certainly brings that element of the game to our hockey club and our back end.

"But we want him to play that way.  He puts players on notice when he plays that way.  They look over their shoulders all the time.  With him it’s always been the same thing, his trying to minimize the turnover with the pucks.  He’s physical and he keeps the game simple.

"He’s a special defenseman."

9:55 a.m.
Milan Lucic is in full gear and practicing with a puck this morning -- a very good sign.
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