Kampfer/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — While the Eastern Conference Final series with Tampa Bay is still four days away from starting, today’s practice was important because rookie Steven Kampfer joined the fray.

It was Kampfer’s first time on the ice with his teammates since he suffered a knee injury April 9 while skating for the Providence (AHL) farm club.

“It’s a good feeling getting back on the ice a little bit. We’re still in the process of building everything up, so it’s going forward pretty smoothly right now,” said Kampfer after the practice at the TD Garden.

Kampfer said he did more starts and stops than in prior on-ice sessions. He came through the session fine and expects to keep improving as the opener of the Tampa Bay series gets near.

“It’s the little things that you add every day that are getting things going,” he said.