WILMINGTON, Mass. — The Boston Bruins are back on the Ristuccia Arena ice for the second of what might be as many as six or seven practice sessions leading up to their second-round playoff series.
With Washington’s Game 5 victory over the New York Rangers last night, we now won’t know the Bruins’ second-round opponent at least until Sunday evening. And we know the next series won’t begin until the middle of next week.
Marc Savard and Dennis Wideman are both back after taking a “maintenance day” yesterday, while Patrice Bergeron and Tim Thomas are taking a second straight day off. Defenseman Andrew Ference, who up to now had been skating on his own for about a week, has joined the team for the full session. Adam Courchaine is serving as the second goaltender again.
UPDATE: Thomas is still battling the flu, and Bergeron is hoping rest will heal his injured foot (suffered April 9 when he blocked Yannick Weber’s shot) close to 100 percent, according to head coach Claude Julien.