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Bruins tune up for Habs

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  September 24, 2011 11:05 AM

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Hello from Causeway Street, where the Bruins this morning are going through the paces of two practice sessions, prior to taking on the Habs Sunday night in Halifax and then again Monday eve at the Bell Centre.

Patrice Bergeron, who will have his No. 37 retired Sunday afternoon with his Quebec team (Bathurst), has the day off skates here. His line, with Brad Marchand and Rich Peverley on the wings, is being centered by Kirk MacDonald, in the second session.

Shawn Thornton, who suited up as a defenseman for much of his American Hockey League career, was among the six blueliners in the first session. Accomplished at skating backward--often a bugaboo for forwards who try to make the transition--Thornton said his biggest challenge playing 'D' in the AHL was perfecting the timing needed to make hits.

''It's just a little different when the play is coming at you instead of you going straight at a guy,'' said Thornton.

No more roster trims are expected today. The Bruins shipped out 14, including top pick Doug Hamilton, following Friday night's 6-3 win over the Islanders at the Garden.

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