WILMINGTON — From the start of this season until he left the Boston Bruins’ win at Atlanta Dec. 12 with an upper-body injury, forward Petteri Nokelainen had been forming one of the best fourth lines in the league — one that was able to play both a checking role and provide an offensive spark when necessary.
In the Bruins’ loss to Minnesota last night, Nokelainen returned to active duty after a 10-game absence and skated the left wing with Martin St. Pierre in the middle and Shawn Thornton on the other side. Nokelainen skated just a shade more than seven minutes but was able to generate some scoring chances along with the rest of his trio and play like his normal physical self.
“I felt good out there. It’s tough, of course, after not playing for a month, your timing and stuff … but I felt good and even my legs felt pretty good,” Nokelainen said after the Bruins’ one-hour practice at Ristuccia Arena. (more…)