WILMINGTON, Mass. The Bruins roster picture is taking shape with their first playoff tilt against the Capitals scheduled for Thursday night.
Johnny Boychuk and Tuukka Rask both practiced fully with the Bruins at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday morning, but once again Adam McQuaid was missing from practice with an upper-body injury.
Claude Julien confirmed that McQuaid is definitely out for Game 1 against the Caps with an injury stemming from the charging hit he took from Caps forward Jason Chimera at the end of March.
McQuaid didnt skate today, so hes not going to be a part of our lineup tomorrow, said Julien.
Rask seems a very big question mark. It looks like he's not going to be ready to begin the playoffs while recovering from a groinabdomen strain. That leaves the door open for Anton Khudobin as backup to Tim Thomas.
Johnny Boychuk (left knee) is trending toward inclusion in Thursdays pregame warm-ups and a spot in the lineup, but Julien indicated that decision wont be made until Thursday.
We keep seeing Johnny and Tuukka out there on the practice ice and we have an opportunity maybe to make a decision on Boychuk. I stress opportunity because its not 100 percent, said Julien. Hes doing fairly well, so we want to remain optimistic about him.
Unless somebody tells me something about Rask today or tomorrow, I dont anticipate having him in the lineup for Game 1.
The lineup at practice remained the same as Tuesday:
BOSTON – The Bruins had things set up for a solid win against an Atlantic Division doormat on Saturday night, but then they went and blew a three-goal second period lead and a two-goal third period lead en route to a deflating loss.
Ryan O’Reilly scored during a wild scramble around the Boston net in the 3-on-3 overtime and the Bruins dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Buffalo at TD Garden. So now the Bruins have lost to two of last year’s worst teams in the league, Colorado and Buffalo, and an expansion team within the first seven games of the season.
The Bruins were all over the Sabres in the first period squeezing off 13 shots on net, and getting goals from David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand to get things going. The Pastrnak score was a clean-up job at the front of the net after Tim Schaller had crashed the net with the puck, and Marchand scored a goal just two seconds into a PP possession after Marco Scandella coughed a puck up right in front of the Buffalo net.
Marchand struck again on the first shift of the second period when he snapped home a backhanded drop pass from Anders Bjork, and then Jason Pominville and Pastrnak traded scores to give the Bruins a comfortable three-goal lead. Chelmsford’s own Jack Eichel scored on the rebound of a Scandella shot to make it a two-goal game going into the final period of play, and Benoit Pouliot potted his first goal with the Sabres to make it really close down the stretch.
Anton Khudobin and the Bruins tried to hold strong in the closing minutes of the third, but couldn’t overcome a shaky interference call on Brandon Carlo that ultimately led to a game-tying Evander Kane score after the PP had expired.
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