BOSTON, MA - Following Monday’s off day with no practice, the Bruins were back together at TD Garden on Tuesday morning for a hard-working, methodical practice prior to facing off against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night in Game 1.
The morning started with goaltending coach Bob Essensa spending time on the ice with Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin, as Rask shifts into playoff mode.
Joining the B’s on the ice was Nathan Horton, who had been out day-to-day with an upper-body injury since leaving the April 21st game against Pittsburgh. Horton was reunited with Milan Lucic and David Krejci in white.
Jaromir Jagr also rejoined the Bruins after missing Friday’s practice with flu-like symptoms and subsequently, not being available for the games on Saturday or Sunday. He was sporting the grey jersey today, alongside Chris Kelly and Kaspars Daugavins, who had an impressive showing Sunday night vs Ottawa skating mostly alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci, earning his first assist as a Bruin and putting up three shots on goal, including a prime scoring opportunity after showing strong stickhandling in close.
There wasn’t too much extracurricular activity or joking around for the group during practice, who ran through their paces for nearly 40 minutes, before scrimmaging and taking part in battling five-on-five drills down low. With Jagr back on the ice, he also rejoined the power-play drills.
Captain Zdeno Chara led the team’s center-ice stretch prior to practice wrapping up; once the sticks taps to end stretch ensued, the B’s lightened up a bit, with their hard work nearly completed for the day.
Lines in practice:
Defensive pairings used mostly throughout practice reflected those from the past two games:
Following practice, Coach Julien said that Jagr is okay and should be good to go tomorrow, while Horton is still day-to-day and they’ll “wait to see how he is tomorrow to make that decision” whether he’s in the lineup.
Horton said he feels good and has been skating on his own for four or five days now. “I’ve been working hard and it was great to be out there.”
Coach also noted that tomorrow’s lineup is not finalized yet and wants “everybody ready” to go. “We had line combinations today, but that doesn’t mean that’s what they’re going to be,” he said.
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