WIMLINGTON – The Bruins returned to practice at Ristuccia Memorial Rink here this morning following last night's 4-3 win over New Jersey, and have been joined by a familiar face –– Andrew Ference.
The defenseman has been absent since leaving during the second period of Boston's 6-3 win over Edmonton last Thursday. He skated by himself prior to yesterday's practice, and Julien mentioned last night that his session had gone well and he expected him to give it a go this morning.
The defenseman met with the media briefly afterward –– brief being an operative term.
How did he feel?
Any issues during practice?
"Nope. We're good."
Can he go tomorrow against Columbus?
"I think it's still day to day."
If it was his call, would he go?
"Tomorrow. I don't know."
Is he more inclined to wait with the team playing well?
Was he hurt on a particular play?
"It was just something it was better to stop playing than to keep going."
Bruins coach Claude Julien stopped short of saying Ference and Danielle Paille (nose), who also practiced, would be game-time decisions, but hinted Paille's return was likely more imminent than Ference's.