stpatricksday2WILMINGTON, Mass. — No celebrating of St. Patrick’s Day for the Boston Bruins after taking yesterday off.

The team practiced today at Ristuccia Arena, with only winger Phil Kessel missing in action. Maybe he’s searching for the pot o’ gold that awaits at the other end of the rainbow (otherwise known as restricted free agency this summer). Head coach Claude Julien called Kessel’s absence a maintenance day.

CenterĀ  Stephane Yelle, absent the last five games, skated with his usual fourth-line partners. He said he took more contact than in his last practice but wasn’t sure if a Thursday return would be a realistic target.

Blake Wheeler and P.J. Axelsson flanked Marc Savard in Kessel’s absence.

The Bruins spent a major part of practice working on 4-on-4 situations and things picked up at a pretty fast pace.