BRIGHTON, Mass – For once the Bruins didn’t lose any players to injury in Wednesday night’s win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, and they may be getting another back in time for this weekend’s road tilt against the Philadelphia Flyers.
That would be another shot in the arm for the Black and Gold after getting Ryan Spooner, David Backes and Brad Marchand back against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Anders Bjork was on the ice for the second straight day, and spent a long time shooting and skating long after optional practice had ended on Thursday. Bjork has missed seven games and counting with an upper-body injury suffered after a violent mid-ice collision with Leafs energy forward Matt Martin.
The 22-year-old didn’t want to discuss any specifics about the injury, but said he’s encouraged that it’s feeling better to the point where he can practice again, and get back into the lineup sooner rather than later.
“It’s nice to be back with the team skating. I’m doing well now, and hopefully I can be back in the game soon helping the team out,” said Bjork, who was asked if Saturday might be a reasonable timetable for a return. “I think so. We’ll see how my conditioning is, but I want to be 100 percent skill-wise and conditioning-wise when I play in a game so I’m able to do my best when I get back in there.”
Above and beyond Bjork, the Bruins had injured players Adam McQuaid (broken leg) and David Krejci (back) skating ahead of the optional practice as they slowly work their way back into the lineup. McQuaid has been out since mid-October and Krejci missed Wednesday’s win over Tampa Bay after the latest flare-up with an injury that’s dogged the 31-year-old at points this season.
Amazingly the injury-battered Bruins have had only one game this season where Patrice Bergeron, Krejci and David Backes have all been in the lineup at the same time.