WILMINGTON, Mass. — After their hard-fought loss to Pittsburgh yesterday, the Bruins hit the ice today at Ristuccia Arena for about 30 minutes of practice.
The best news was that injured defenseman Mark Stuart joined the team for the second time on his road to a return and recovering forward Milan Lucic practiced with the squad for the first time since he departed the lineup earlier this week.
According to head coach Claude Julien, neither player has been medically cleared for Monday’s TD Garden matinee with Carolina but decisions will be made on both on game day.
Lucic tested his upper-body injury after the formal practice by letting Johnny Boychuk ram into him a few times while the winger carried a puck. Stuart said he had no limitations.
As for rookie defenseman Steven Kampfer, he wore an extra large face shield to protect the broken nose he suffered yesterday against Pittsburgh. Kampfer said he’s having trouble breathing out of his nose, but that he should OK to play against the Hurricanes.
Boston practiced it’s power play extensively during the short session, with Johnny Boychuk re-joining the man-advantage fray in place of Dennis Seidenberg. Boychuk and Kampfer manned the points on one quintet, while Michael Ryder, Nathan Horton and Marc Savard skated up front. The other group featured Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin, David Krejci and Mark Recchi.
The Bruins’ power play was 0-for-4 against against the Penguins, but was 3-for-13 in its previous three games.
“We’ve got to be careful we don’t explode everything every time we have a bad night,” Julien said of the power play, which just needed some fine-tuning.