WILMINGTON, Mass. — Tuukka Rask’s first practice with the Bruins’ full squad since his March 3 abdominal injury went so well today that he was able to measure his health in hockey terms instead of medical jargon.
“Pretty much I did everything. I didn’t let in too many goals either,” Rask said after the team was done with its 45-minute session. “So I’m more worried about stopping those pucks than doing all kinds of stuff. But it was a good day.”
Rask and defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who’s returning from a sprained knee. both skated with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides before practice and then stayed on for the full session. Boychuk took a regular shift paired with Andrew Ference.
“I feel pretty good, so I’ll take it day by day,” said Boychuk, who noted that he got on the ice Sunday too but felt sore when he skated.
Head coach Claude Julien said that he’s still confident Boychuk will be available for Thursday’s Game 1 against Washington, but that Rask might be a little further off.
•Julien said that defenseman Adam McQuaid, who did not practice, is “up in the air” in terms of his injury status. Proving that he’s in full-on playoff mode, Julien wouldn’t elaborate on the nature of the injury and just called it “upper-body.”
•Defenseman Greg Zanon shaved his mustache to get a fresh start for the playoffs.