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Update from Toronto

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  March 25, 2008 03:50 PM

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TORONTO -- As expected, the Bruins took the ice at the ACC for their morning skate without the likes of top center Marc Savard (lower-back injury) or veteran blue liner Andrew Ference (leg injury).

Savard and Ference, key components in the Boston game plan, both could miss Thursday's rematch at the Garden vs. the Leafs. Savard, who underwent a CT scan on Monday at Massachusetts General Hospital, will be out at least until Saturday's matinee at home vs. the Senators. Ference possibly could be back Thursday.

Meawhile, coach Claude Julien had to hope his charges would be do a better job at getting to the net, and getting pucks in the net, here vs. the Leafs.

''If anything, in today's game there is more liberty in getting to the net,'' said Julien following the morning workout. ''They have to go. We're getting there, but there is a difference between getting to the net and getting to the net. There is being all around the net, and then there is being right there in front of the net, and maybe we can be better there. I know it's going to create more goals for us if we get there.''

Lack of goal scoring has been a particular Boston bugaboo of late. The Bruins were 2-5-4 in their previous 11 games prior to taking on the Leafs tonight and they scored only 16 goals in those games.

The Bruins, even before their ever-mounting injury total, had one of the simplest game plans in the league. What to do now?

''Adapt, adapt, adapt,'' said veteran blue liner Aaron Ward, noting that he never had been on a team with such a level of key injuries. ''We're in a situation here where the young guys now really have an opportunity to show their wares. And there is no point in being conservative. They've got to come with maximum effort and show what they've got. No point in holding back anything.''

Mixing it up?

Rookie winger Milan Lucic had that glint in his eye that seemed to indicate he would be looking to add to his fight total vs. the Leafs.

''I guess we have to keep things simple,'' said the rock-jawed son of a Vancouver longshoreman. ''We haven't scored many goals lately, and I think to do that we have to get out there and create some traffic and confusion -- and I know I'm one of the guys counted on to do that.''

Did that mean Lucic would be out to create more havoc than traffic?

''Both,'' he said. ''Part of my game is being physical, and that means I have to get to the net and cause some confusion. And we've been talking about getting in the goaltender's face -- and I think that's going to be a big thing for us the rest of the season.''

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