Tuukka Rask, still working on returning from a groin injury, was the first Bruin to hit the ice at practice and was seen working with two different coaches. Johnny Boychuk, dealing with a knee injury, also got some coaching help. Neither player reported any issues and are both staying positive, hoping for quick returns to play. Expect to see Boychuk back before Rask, though, according to coach Claude Julien. Adam McQuaid was not at practice and is day-to-day with his upper-body injury. This may come as no surprise, but general manager Peter Chiarelli has said Nathan Horton is “quite far off” from returning to the lineup. It’s hopeful that he started skating again recently, but I imagine he’ll come back next season.
Julien is excited to begin another playoff series and said he thrives on the feeling of being in the postseason, which is surely different from the feelings of regular-season play.
Also, check out the new layout of the Bruins’ official website. (It is a little strange to see the “2011 Stanley Cup Champions” designation gone from the design.) TD Garden is outfitting itself for the occasion, too, with a big sign featuring Zdeno Chara flanked by Patrice Bergeron and Tim Thomas.
Fun time: The second episode of The Bear and the Gang has premiered! See it here. The Bear’s attempts to enjoy a movie night with one of the Bruins Ice Girls is thwarted by Julien, toting one of those toy harnesses that doesn’t have an actual dog attached to it–and being incredibly amused by its existence.
Stay right here for more coverage of the Bruins’ playoff run (there are plans underway for me to have a chat with the Capitals’ writer, for example).