WILMINGTON -- The Bruins took the ice for their last full practice of the regular season at Ristuccia Arena Friday, with all players participating. With one extra forward, the gray-shirt line included four players: Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley, Michael Ryder, and Tyler Seguin.
Defenseman Steve Kampfer was assigned to Providence yesterday, but expect to see him back with the B’s next week. The Bruins have been carrying eight defensemen and sending Kampfer to Providence for a three-game weekend set gives the team a chance to get some more ice time for Shane Hnidy.
“The thought behind that from the organization is we’re trying to figure out what’s going on -- we’re still in the running [for conference position], we still have Hnidy that hasn’t played much and we want [Kampfer] to play,’’ said coach Claude Julien. “It may not be NHL caliber but playing still keeps you sharp so we’re trying to kill two birds, I guess, with one stone. If we can get Hnides here and him over there, then both guys are playing.’’
Julien also said Kampfer was the only guy the team could send down;
Hnidy was not eligible to be sent to Providence.
As is his custom, Julien would not spill the beans on his goalie choices for the last two games of the regular season (Ottawa tomorrow and New Jersey on Sunday), but it is interesting to note that Tim Thomas leads the league with a .938 save percentage. Dominik Hasek is at the top of the record book for best save percentage in an NHL season, recording a .937 in the 1998-99 season for the Buffalo Sabres.
Leading the cheers in the stands during practice was a slew of kids from Adam McQuaid’s hometown of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Each time McQuaid skated near the spot they had staked out by the glass, they chanted “A-dam! A-dam!’’ The kids are players for the PEI Riptide, a youth hockey team visiting the area to play in a tournament in Marlborough, and McQuaid took time out after practice to go talk with them. “They’re pretty excited,’’ he said.
McQuaid, by the way, participated in Cuts for a Cause yesterday, getting his hair buzzed in the charity event, but leaving a lengthy mullet to stick out the back of his helmet.