WILMINGTON, Mass. — Finally, the Boston Bruins know their second-round opponent.
Today’s the first day they can practice with the Carolina Hurricanes in mind.
Right now (10:56 a.m.), it’s just a handful of Bruins on the Ristuccia Arena ice. Assistant coach Geoff Ward is going over power-play stuff with the first unit of Dennis Wideman, Michael Ryder, Mark Recchi, Marc Savard and Zdeno Chara. A plank lying across the goal line is the only hindrance from the Bruins scoring.
Tim Thomas, Manny Fernandez, Andrew Ference, Patrice Bergeron, Chuck Kobasew, Steve Montador and Phil Kessel are also out early and are at the other end of the rink doing some drills with assistant coach Doug Houda.
UPDATE (11:01 a.m.): The rest of the team has joined the fray. Everyone is on the ice.