WILMINGTON, Mass. — The Boston Bruins are trickling onto the Ristuccia Arena ice for this morning’s practice.
And the brightest news is that Phil Kessel has joined the fray for the first time. Kessel, out since earlier this month with mononucleosis, had not been cleared for contact prior today and was limited to just skating and working out on his own.
It looks like the Bruins’ three All-Stars — Marc Savard, Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas — have been granted an extra day off, as goaltending coach Bob Essensa is out there in full gear along with Tuukka Rask. Forward Petteri Nokelainen is also missing.
Michael Ryder, ill since earlier this week, is out there for the Bruins.
I will update as the day moves along.