B’s set to go against Lightning
|12.01.09 at 1:12 pm ET|
Wilmington ‘ While awaiting formal announcement of a seven-year contract extension for star center Marc Savard, the Bruins made their way through practice Tuesday looking to build upon a solid 6-3-1 record over their past ten games.
Savard was not available for comment after practice, but the deal could be announced by the team prior to Wednesday’s contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
As to who will be in the Bruins goal at TD Garden when the puck is dropped against the Lightning is unclear.
Normal starting goalie Tim Thomas returned from a brief hand injury to take a 4-3 shootout win over Ottawa on Saturday. But Thomas showed some rust in his return, yielding a bad angle game-tying goal with 19 seconds to play. Backup Tuukka Rask had excelled during six starts (4-1-1) while Thomas was injured.
‘They’re both playing well, so we’ll (have to) see who we’re putting in,’ said Bruins coach Claude Julien.
‘We’ve said many times, the way Tim plays with the energy he puts in, he’s not going to play 75 games,’ continued Julien. ‘So you need someone who can come in replace him at times and be a guy you can rely on. Right now, Tuukka, whether its stats wise or even watching him play, it’s pretty obvious he’s playing just as well as Timmy is.’
For his part Thomas is ready to move past Saturday’s uneven return.
‘In any sport, especially if you’re playing as often as we are there are going to be times of failure, during those times you have to have a short memory,’ said Thomas. ‘You have to learn your lesson, if there’s a lesson to learn and then you have to move past it.’
Aside from Milan Lucic, who will be sidelined for 3-4 more weeks while recovering from an ankle sprain, the Bruins should have their full roster available Wednesday as Patrice Bergeron and Matt Hunwick both returned to practice Tuesday.
Bergeron was given a maintenance day off Monday, in part to help recover from getting hit in the upper leg while blocking a shot by defenseman Filip Kuba in Saturdays victory over Ottawa.
‘I feel fine,’ said Bergeron, who headed to the Bruins dressing room for a stretch after getting struck. He returned near the end of the period.
‘There’s not much fat or skin close to (the area hit) I’m pretty happy it didn’t get right on the bone,’ explained Bergeron.