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McQuaid returns to Bruins practice, Kelly optimistic about leg

Posted by Staff  March 15, 2013 11:42 AM

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WILMINGTON -- Defenseman Adam McQuaid, who missed Thursday's 4-1 victory over the Panthers with a minor injury, returned to Bruins practice on Friday morning.

McQuaid appeared to be a full participant, though coach Claude Julien said he was still day-to-day with an "upper body" injury.

"He practiced today so it’s looking optimistic," Julien said.

Aaron Johnson replaced McQuaid on Thursday, pairing up with Johnny Boychuk on the Bruins' third set of blueliners.

"We have different looks all the time," Julien said. "It depends on the teams, the situations. We had four lefties. We’re used to moving guys around. That’s certainly not an issue for our hockey club."

Chris Kelly talked to reporters for the first time since breaking his left tibia in a collision with Senators forward Chris Neil on Monday.

Kelly was surprisingly upbeat, noting that it could have been much worse. He was walking around freely without a cast or crutches. He does not plan on having surgery and said he's hopeful to return by the end of the regular season.

"It’s one of those things you have to let heal and hope for the best," he said.

Kelly didn't blame Neil, calling it a "hockey play." The two exchanged text messages and are on good terms.

"Both guys turned there and we didn’t really have any place to go," Kelly said. "Things happen quickly there, that’s all it was."

While the Bruins' top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton haven't produced to Julien's standards, the coach said he would consider switching the lines around, but he hasn't made any decisions yet.

"We have good chemistry," Krejci said. "It doesn’t just go away forever. I think it’s going to come back and we’re going to be putting the puck in the net. I’m pretty sure about it."

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