BOSTON — While Patrice Bergeron addressed the media in the Boston Bruins’ locker room this morning, the team took the TD Banknorth Garden ice for a practice.
The 10 remaining healthy forwards were out there with the six defensemen, plus Shane Hnidy, who took the ice for the first time since Tuesday night’s loss to Minnesota.
During that game, Hnidy took a Cal Clutterbuck shot above his left eye. He returned to the line-up during the game wearing a visor but under doctor’s orders was kept off the ice the last two days.
His eye still scarily swollen mostly shut, Hnidy said after practice that he can see fine but he won’t be able to play tomorrow against Carolina. Yesterday he biked a little bit to keep up his conditioning.
He recalled that six years ago when he was with Ottawa he had a similar injury and then wore a visor for a short time. Now he’ll have the visor on again, temporarily.
“It takes a little getting used to. I’ve worn it before when last time it happened,” he explained. “It’s one of those things, it’s a pretty poor excuse but the longer you play you kind of get used to playing without it. But at the same time, I think, obviously I have to wear it for a while. It didn’t bother me.”
“The first time, I took a lot of heat when I took it off,” Hnidy continued. “But it’s a game of risk. Anything can happen out there — visor or not. So for right now the decision will definitely be for the visor.”