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Wednesday in Wilmo

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
There was some good news today in Wilmington.

Shean Donovan was on the ice for practice.

"I talked to him after practice," said Bruins head coach Dave Lewis. "He skated and looked good. We’re going to wait and see, tomorrow morning, and probably make the decision (about his playing Thursday) after the morning skate."

Marc Savard and Patrice Bergeron were not on the ice, but that should not cause alarm.

"I anticipate that they will both play. I gave them today off, again.

"(They’re) not feeling well. I’ll put it that way."

The bad news was that when Coach Lewis watched the game for a second time, the result was the same.

"We didn’t play good enough to win," he said, with some clear frustration. "Tim Thomas gave us a chance, but we, as a group, didn’t play good enough to win.

"So, until we get ’that’ back, we are probably not going to win.

"We have to play better than we have the last two games," he said.

Lewis continued to work the issues out, verbally.

"That’s one of the biggest reasons why we are not scoring goals. That’s why our transition has been poor. Our coverage has not been as strong as it needs to be."

Asked why some of the Bruins successful rushes up the ice did not produce goals, Lewis said, "That’s all that happened. We did generate some rushes and we did get a first shot.

"But we didn’t get any secondary shots and we really had nobody, on a consistent basis, driving to the net, except for Reich, Hoggan and Walter. That line was around the net more than anybody and they didn’t play a whole lot."

Today, the Bruins did drills based on correcting those problems, but there were also other problems, which plagued the team’s offensive game. Getting into more detail, Lewis described another of the B’s issues.

"There were a lot of problems in the neutral zone," said Lewis. "Our forwards were all over the place and we lost numbers in the neutral zone.

"That was (what) resulted in the goal and probably four to six good scoring chances -- just because of our positional play in the neutral zone.

"The system is in place. It’s (the players) playing the system…it’s discipline. Doing the right thing at the right time and playing within the system. At times we ’freelance’ too much…more or less, not being accountable for playing the system correctly and that’s something we addressed today.

"We need more accountability from a group of players."
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