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Murray out

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  February 9, 2007 03:08 PM

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WILMINGTON -- Glen Murray didn't practice today and will not play tomorrow against the Islanders, according to Dave Lewis.

It will be the second time in the last three games that Murray will be missing from the lineup. Murray originally injured his groin on Monday and didn't play on Tuesday against Washington. Murray skated 19 shifts for 16:16 of ice time last night against the Hurricanes.

"I could tell last night as the game wore on," said Lewis of Murray's discomfort. "I think it just fatigued on him. If we're going to err, let's err on the side of caution. We want to make sure he doesn't miss a whole string of games. He'll miss tomorrow night and we'll re-evaluate prior to Edmonton."

With Murray not at practice, Brandon Bochenski skated as the top-line right wing. Unless a move takes place prior to the game, either Petr Tenkrat or Stanislav Chistov, both healthy scratches on Thursday, will dress tomorrow to give the Bruins 18 forwards.

* The Bruins will not contact the NHL about Scott Walker's fight with Andrew Alberts last night. Walker appeared to instigate the fight, landing several punches before Alberts threw down his gloves. Alberts didn't want to fight because he was concerned about his right eye, which is still red from the puck that hit him in Buffalo on Jan. 30. "I got the first few in the chin," said Alberts. "Once you start throwing, you just try to protect yourself."

* Lewis put the blame on Tim Thomas for three of Carolina's goals. "Six scoring chances, three were stoppable, four went in," said Lewis. "We had missed coverage at the net, but they were stoppable. We had an opportunity against a really good hockey team to take another step in this whole equation and we didn't do it. That's the aggravating thing. They're stoppable. He saw them. They're stoppable shots."

* Lewis will wait until tomorrow to decide who will start in goal against the Islanders.

* The Bruins ran several drills in practice to work on down-low offense. One drill pitted three forwards against two defensemen. For another drill, the coaches re-positioned the nets. One net was turned 90 degrees to the left. The other net was placed along the half boards facing the goal line, creating an L-shaped playing lane in the corner. "Getting people at the net, getting pucks at the net, getting traffic at the net," Lewis explained. "A lot of the drill is based on going to the dirty area that you need to get to for goals. I don't know that we get there enough."

* Today's lines:

Axelsson-Savard-Bochenski (white)
Sturm-Bergeron-Kessel (gold)
Reich-Primeau-Donovan (teal)
Tenkrat-Mowers-Boyes-Chistov (gray)

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