Bruins practice: Horton, Rask skate; Boychuk doesn’t

Horton/By S. Bradley

WILMINGTON, Mass. — Prior to today’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, Bruins forward Nathan Horton skated with Bruins strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides.

Goaltender Tuukka Rask was also on the ice.

It’s believed this was Horton’s first day skating since he had a setback in early February. He suffered a concussion Jan. 22 in Philadelphia as a result of a hit by Tom Sestito. Head coach Claude Julien said Horton might’ve put the skates on and taken a twirl earlier for about 15 minutes.

“With Nathan, it’s just going out there,” said Julien. “Nothing more than just skating and trying to get a feel for how things are. Nothing more than that. He’s not close to joining us as we speak. But still keeping our fingers crossed that it’s going to keep going in the right direction.”

Rask is working his way back from a March 3 abdominal/groin injury. The original prognosis was for Rask to miss four to six weeks.

“We hope to have him with us soon, at least in practice,” said Julien about the Bruins’ No. 2 goaltender.

Neither Horton nor Rask joined the Bruins for their full practice.

Johnny Boychuk, who suffered a leg injury against Pittsburgh last night, did not practice.

“Not yet,” Julien said when asked about an update on Boychuk. “He was seeing our doctor this morning and we haven’t had the results yet. But again, I’m still confident that it will be hopefully not as bad as it looked.”

Forward Jordan Caron returned to the ice after missing the Penguins game with the flu. Lane MacDermid was recalled from Providence (AHL) and practiced.

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