Thomas to start tonight vs. Lightning

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Thomas to start tonight vs. Lightning

After having some success against the Anaheim Ducks, the Bruins will go with the same lineup against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night at TD Garden.

The only difference? The goaltender. Tim Thomas will hop back into the net after getting Sunday off against the Anaheim Ducks. Hell have a chance to continue his excellent run since bottoming out against the Penguins, Lighting and Panthers two weeks ago.

Thomas is 3-1 with a .946 save percentage in his last four games, and appears to have found the second wind that eluded him when he made 16 straight appearances for the Bruins. Now its on to a Tampa, which is in the middle of a three-game winning streak.

Newly-signed former Michigan State defenseman Torey Krug was also a participant in Bs morning skate wearing Steve Kampfers old No. 47. Here are the projected lines for tonights game with Joe Corvo, Daniel Palle, Mike Mottau and Krug all expected to be healthy scratches:

Lucic-Krejci-Seguin
Marchand-Bergeron-Peverley
Rolston-Kelly-Pouliot
Caron-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Seidenberg
Ference-Boychuk
Zanon-McQuaid

Thomas
Turco

Quick Slants The Podcast: Arkansas coach discusses his Patriots pipeline

Quick Slants The Podcast: Arkansas coach discusses his Patriots pipeline

Listen to Phil Perry’s interview with Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, who has funneled his college players — James White, Trey Flowers, and others — to the Patriots in this edition of Quick Slants The Podcast.


 

Garcia has an early feel for Scarnecchia: 'Intense...very intense'

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Garcia has an early feel for Scarnecchia: 'Intense...very intense'

FOXBORO -- There's no identity crisis. He's Tony now, but he's always been Tony.

Yet Tony Garcia, the rookie offensive tackle the Patriots selected in the fourth round out of Troy, was announced by Matthew Slater at the draft podium in Philadelphia as "An-to-ni-o Gar-ci-a."

At the NFL Scouting Combine and the Senior Bowl, it was the same thing. He was known as Antonio.

That's his given name. It's how he was listed on his college roster. But it's not what his teammates and coaches have called him all his life.

To them he's Tony.

"Tony is just a childhood name," he said. "I've always been called that. I don't know why I've been listed as Antonio."

The reason for the switch? When he arrived in Foxboro, they asked him how he wanted to be listed. At Troy, they didn't.

So Tony it is, although he'll probably answer to whatever offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia calls him these days.

After Garcia was drafted, he quickly jumped on a conference call with Patriots reporters and was asked what he knew about Scarnecchia.

"Um, not much," was his brief reply. 

"You will," cracked a reporter on the other end.

Since then, after rookie minicamp and a few weeks of organized team activities, Garcia's gotten to know his new boss fairly well.

"Great coach," he said of Scarnecchia with a smile. "Intense. Very intense. He gets the job done. He really knows his stuff."

Garcia acknowledged he has solid examples to look up to in Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon, who've served as the examples of what to do and how to work over the course of the last month or so. 

"They've been good role models," Garcia said. "They set the example here. They do everything right, know the playbook forwards and backwards . . ."

"I'm just trying to earn my place, day by day."