BOSTON — While wingers Chuck Kobasew (maintenance day) and Michael Ryder (cut above the eye), and defenseman Aaron Ward (under the weather) didn’t practice with the Boston Bruins today at TD Banknorth Garden, second-year winger Milan Lucic returned to the ice.
Lucic missed Thursday night’s game in Ottawa because his left foot had swollen up after it was hit by a Ward shot during the Bruins’ win at Philadelphia Wednesday. Today Lucic skated with a extra padding above the spot where he was hit (right on the laces) and said he should be good to play against the Flyers tomorrow in a Garden matinee.
“It’s made a lot of progress from yesterday morning to yesterday night. So it’s feeling pretty good right now,” he said as he undressed in the Bruins’ locker room.
Lucic admitted his toes are now purple and that he’s never been hit with a shot like that before. He still managed to battle his way through 15:07 of ice time, pain and all.
“I definitely could feel it. There’s a lot of pressure down there, so hopefully none of that is there tomorrow. And I’ve just got to fight through that pain,” Lucic said.
As for the three missing Bruins, head coach Claude Julien said he expects them all to be available for the Flyers game. A determination will also be made on Lucic’s status.
Defenseman Matt Hunwick, who stayed home from the road trip because of flu-like symptoms, rejoined the team today. He said he’s feeling better every day and even went through a 50-minute on-ice workout Wednesday in Wilmington. While he admitted staying home alone was the least fun part of his season so far, he’s hopeful none of his teammates caught the bug from him.