Only the Bruins’ scratched players skated Thursday morning at TD Garden.
But that group included Patrice Bergeron, who has been out since suffering a concussion April 2 against Ottawa.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said that Bergeron’s presence means the veteran is moving in the right direction in his recovery. Defenseman Adam McQuaid also skated, and Julien said it was a good possibility the blueliner would play against the New York Islanders Thursday night.
Brad Marchand, who was elbowed in the head Wednesday night in New Jersey, was being reassessed as of this morning. Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov is scheduled to have a hearing with the NHL Thursday morning.
As for the Bruins’ lack of response to Volchenkov’s hit, which has become a screaming point for those on twitter, on the radio and some of the look-at-me media, here’s Julien’s response:
“We’ll deal with that internally. I don’t throw my guys under the bus, you know that,” Julien said. “And there’s a situation there that happened last night. Could we, in the past, I think you would’ve seen that. Is there a reason why it didn’t happen? Not really. But again, you guys can do what you want, but I’m not going to let, for example, the negativity, like right now we’re saying we’re not hitting enough, now our guys aren’t going to bat. My job is to right the ship. And I’m going to right this ship in a way that we’re ready for playoffs. The battle is with ourselves to be better and the battle is to battle against you guys where you guys will find those kind of things. And we’re not going to let that creep into our dressing room.”