Good morning from Ristuccia Arena, where Bruins coach Claude Julien held an optional practice ahead of another tough weekend in which the Bruins will be in action on Saturday at TD Garden against the Washington Capitals, and Sunday at the Consul Energy Center in Pittsburgh against the Penguins.
Marty Turco took all of the repetitions in goal today. The Bruins have not started a goalie other than Tim Thomas or Tuukka Rask since 2008-09, but with the end of the regular season in question for the injured Rask, and Julien looking to give Thomas, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, some rest before the playoffs, Turco’s continued improvement since joining the team on Wednesday is welcome.
“Today’s another day,” Julien said. “We gave him a lot of opportunities to keep working on his timing, and his posture and everything else … today he looked better than yesterday and he looked better than the day before. So certainly I like what I’m seeing from him right now.”
When the 10-year veteran netminder will get his first NHL start since Feb. 11, 2011, is still a point of speculation.
“I haven’t talked to anybody about it, I think it’s pretty simple to figure out that the work takes care of itself on my end, and that’s what I control,” Turco said. “We’ll see what happens. I’m just going to keep working and trying to get more comfortable each day.”
Daniel Paille and Andrew Ference both took part in the morning workout, but Julien would offer no specific timetable for their return.
“I know they’re day-to-day and I haven’t, before coming here, talked to my trainers and seen where they are,” Julien said. “But I would still have to look at where they are tomorrow morning and decide whether we put them out in the warmup and make that decision or not.”