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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Games Notes against Ottawa

"By design," Lewis said. "I had a plan and I stuck with it."

Lewis' plan worked out very well from the beginning. His intentions were to skate just 3 lines but for the 4th liners to be worked in on occasional shifts with each of the three lines. Lewis did not skate the 4th line together more than once all game.
-On the first goal Chistov was on the right wing with Bergeron and Sturm. Chistov picked up the steal in the offensive zone and hit Sturm for his first goal of the night.
- Chistov skated on the left side on a line with Bergeron and Boyes for about 4 shifts.
- Stastny skated on the left side with Savard and Murray and then later replaced Primeau on the 3rd line when he was in the box.
- Primeau left with about 5 minutes left in the 3rd period and did not return. It looked like a high stick to the head.
- Hoggan got more ice time than I had expected, 8:36 total ice time. He rotated on the 3rd line with Mowers. Hoggan also got time on the PK, 2 minutes 11 seconds.
- Lewis may finally realize that Mowers is not as great as he use to think he was.
- Donovan continued to fly. He has looked very good recently hopefully he can keep it up.
- Chara and Alberts changed sides with Chara playing the left being able to match up better with Heatly and Alfredsson, both right wingers. This also allowed Lewis to change up his defense on more than one occasion. Stuart with Chara and Alberts with Mara were occasion pairings in the 2nd period. Stuart is probably best suited to play the right side, possibly the reason for the change.
- Paul Mara scored FINALLY!
- Bergeron was on the ice for every single goal except Glen Murray's goal, the second scored by the Bruins. He finished with a plus 3 and won 14 faceoffs while losing 9. Awesome game from Bergeron who has looked great in the past few games.

Practice notes from today:
- P.J. Axelsson skated, but not with the team. He hopes to tomorrow.
- Primeau, did not practice, not sure if it has anything to do with the stick to the head he received with 5 minutes to go


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