BOSTON — Riding the stationary bike and some light weight work dominates Matt Hunwick‘s activity time these days.
But the Boston Bruins defenseman isn’t complaining. He’s just glad to be able to do anything a couple weeks after his April 18 emergency surgery to remove his spleen.
“Good,” Hunwick said about his spirits these days when stopped in the Bruins’ dressing room after the team’s optional morning skate at TD Banknorth Garden. “It’s always fun watching our team win and it’s even better to be around the team now, where those first three games that I missed I was in the hospital and then I was back home. It’s great that I’ll be around for the games and I’ll get to travel on the road. I don’t want to be a distraction, but at the same time I’ll be able to be in the building, watch things firsthand. It’s going to be nice.”
Hunwick’s firsthand view of the action will continue tonight with Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series with Carolina at the Garden. The deeper the Bruins go in the playoffs, the better chance Hunwick has to get back in the lineup. While skating right now is out of the question, the rookie is thinking he might see some ice as soon as next week.
“I can’t do it right now. We’re doing just straight-ahead stuff. … Possibly next week I can get out there,” he said. “I’d love to just stand out there and stick-handle a little bit. But we’ll see .”