BOSTON — The Boston Bruins’ top line of Phil Kessel, Marc Savard and Milan Lucic obviously lives by the mantra most of the Bruins’ players are wearing on their hats these days: “Stay hungry.”

Despite the optional nature of the morning skate today at TD Banknorth Garden in preparation for Game 2 of the Bruins’ Eastern Conference semifinal series with Carolina, the Bruins’ No. 1 line is on the ice, along with Byron Bitz, Aaron Ward, Mark Stuart and Shane Hnidy. Kessel did not practice yesterday because of a swollen elbow, but he’s looking fine during the shooting drills.

Manny Fernandez joined the fray a little late after playing some off-ice soccer in the hallway.

More later.