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Practice Before Game 2: Peverley Skates with Jagr, Kelly

Friday, 05.03.2013 / 12:15 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog
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Practice Before Game 2: Peverley Skates with Jagr, Kelly
WILMINGTON, MA - A rested group of Bruins, having had Thursday off from practice, convened at Ristuccia Arena on Friday morning for an high-tempo, high intensity skate prior to Game 2 against Toronto on Saturday at TD Garden.

All Bruins hit the ice, including the 15 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders.

As most B's practices begin, goaltending coach Bob Essensa (along with Jay Pandolfo) started working with Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin, as the skaters made their rounds of warm-up laps before the skate at 10:30 a.m.

Jaromir Jagr, a well-known work horse, was one of the first forwards on the ice. The Bruins began practice with a shoot-around, before spending time on breakouts and all facets of the game. Rich Peverley hit the ice in the grey jersey today, joining Jagr and Chris Kelly. He didn't skate in Game 1.

Kaspars Daugavins, who played the left wing in Wednesday's game, was wearing the green jersey, along with Carl Soderberg and Jay Pandolfo.

"I just try to play my own game," said Peverley following practice, on the possibility of being in the lineup on Saturday. "If I do get in there, try and get in on the forecheck and create energy and I think obviously, Jags' pedigree speaks for itself. It's just about playing my game."

Peverley knows that he didn't have his best career regular season, and is looking to the postseason as a way to put that in the past.

"Hope so - that's the plan. I've always tried to pride myself on playoff play and I think if I get a chance to play, hopefully I can prove I can be a valuable piece of the team."

Coach Julien told media after practice that Peverley would "absolutely" be getting into the series at some point, and added, "I don't think we intended on him sitting out the whole time," though he said that he would decide the lineup tomorrow.

Today's skate wrapped up with Coach's staple battling drills that had some extra fire to them. At one point, Milan Lucic drew cheers and stick taps from his teammates, when he found a brief seam to the back of the net from the hash marks. Goals aren't easy to come by in that drill, as no speed is generated with the battling taking place from the top of the circles in.

Today's lines in practice:
White: Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Gold: Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin
Grey: Peverley-Kelly-Jagr
Merlot: Paille-Campbell-Thornton
Green: Pandolfo-Soderberg-Daugavins

The NHL announced on Thursday evening that Andrew Ference had been suspended for one game, and thus, will miss Saturday's game (for the league's video explanation, head to BostonBruins.com).

"It's a decision that the league makes, so just as a player, you deal with it," said Ference postpractice.

"Guys will step right in and will be in no problem; it's hockey - whether it's injury or something like this, guys step up and do the job."

Coach Julien listed possible defensive options for the B's as Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson and Matt Bartkowski (currently with Providence).

"Just from last game, obviously the pace is a lot faster so I would just have to be ready for that," said Hamilton on the possibility of playing his first-ever NHL playoff game on Saturday night.

"I grew up watching the playoffs and dreaming about playing in the playoffs, so I think just going through my career so far [through junior hockey], you remember a lot of playoff games and hopefully I can bring some intensity."

"We've been working hard; a lot of bike rides and practices and working out too, so I feel good, and like I said, if I get the opportunity, I'm ready."

During scrimmaging in practice, the D pairings looked as follows:
Chara-McQuaid
Seidenberg-Boychuk
Redden-Hamilton

Stay tuned to BostonBruins.com and to Twitter @NHLBruins ^CS for updates from the locker room heading into Game 2...

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