The Bruins got back to work this afternoon with a 2 p.m. practice at TD Garden.
Coach Claude Julien made it back from Ottawa in time for the workout but goaltender Tim Thomas, defenseman Zdeno Chara and forward Tyler Seguin were excused because they participated in the NHL's All-Star Weekend.
Another person who was absent was Nathan Horton, who continues his recovery from a concussion suffered on January 22.
``He is getting better,íí said Julien. ``Heís still at the point where he hasnít ridden the bike yet but he is getting better believe it or not. When you have a concussion, itís about headaches and everything else and everything is kind of going in the right direction right now. Until he is symptom-free, he canít do anything. It will probably be at least two days and possibly three before he starts being symptom-free. We just kind of keep our fingers crossed and hope that he gets better quickly but itís something that not even our medical staff can predict.íí