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Bruins turn attention to first-place battle with Canadiens

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  April 5, 2013 11:14 AM

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WILMINGTON, Mass. – Greetings from Ristuccia Arena, where the Bruins will be taking a fresh sheet of ice to prepare for Saturday night's game at Montreal, which will be for first-place in the Northeast Division standings.

The Bruins rank fourth in the Eastern Conference standings behind Pittsburgh, Montreal and Washington with 52 points, but trail the Canadiens (53 points) by one in the Northeast Division.

A win in Montreal could help the Bruins leapfrog ahead of not only the Canadiens but also the Capitals (38 points) for second place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Adam McQuaid (shoulder), who had been expected to miss the remainder of the regular season when he was placed on the shelf for 4-6 weeks, was first on the ice at Ristuccia and engaged in a spirited workout with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides.

The Bruins have slowly begun to filter out for today's 11:30 a.m. practice. Jaromir Jagir, who had the game-winning goal in Thursday's 1-0 shutout over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden, was on the ice attired in a gold sweater, meaning he'll likely remain with Brad Marchand on a line centered by Tyler Seguin.

Chris Kelly was skating with the the team for the second time in as many days, joining the gray line with Rich Peverley, Jay Pandolfo and Kaspars Daugavins, who is wearing No. 16.

Wade Redden, picked up from St. Louis on Wednesday, was also on the ice with the Bruins, wearing No. 6.

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