WILMINGTON, Mass. — Out since the weekend with “general soreness,” Boston Bruins goaltender Manny Fernandez joined nine of his teammates on the Ristuccia Arena ice for a lighthearted optional practice today.
This was Fernandez’s second day back on the ice, as he skated with Andrew Ference, Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron before the Bruins’ pregame skate yesterday.
“It was a good rest. I needed it to some degree – just give the body a couple days just to get back. That was the main concern. But everything was good today,” said Fernandez.
As for getting back in the flow with only a few shooters on the ice, Fernandez said, “Surprisingly, I didn’t lose too much. I thought I was going to be worse than that. But I got what I needed off today and it’s a work in progress. Tomorrow’s going to be another big day and then we’ll go from there.”
With Tuukka Rask sent back to Providence (AHL), Fernandez will make the Bruins’ road trip (as will Bergeorn, Ference and Lucic) and be in the mix when head coach Claude Julien decides on a starting goaltender Thursday on Long Island and Saturday in Washington.
For Bergeron, today was slightly more high-paced than his previous ventures onto the ice since he started on the path to a return from last month’s concussion. He said it was good to take some passes and take some shots with more than just one or two other players.
Lucic said he remains day-to-day, but things are looking promising as he tries to make it back from an undisclosed injury.
“I’m feeling much better,” he said. “I’m trying to get backto where I was and do some skating drills. Right now, I’m headed in the right direction and feeling better every day. I wouldn’t say I’m 100 percent yet; it’s still day by day.”