NEW YORK – The Bruins could end this second-round series with a fourth straight win in Game 4 Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. They would like to rest on Saturday instead of playing Game 5 at TD Garden. They certainly have no intentions of returning to New York for Game 6 Monday.
“It would be nice,” David Krejci said. “But we know and we learned as a team that the last one is the hardest from past years and even in the last series. We’ve just got to get ready for tomorrow and play just like it’s Game 1.”
Injured defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden participated in an optional practice this afternoon at MSG. Seidenberg said there’s a chance he could be ready Thursday. However, given how well the six-man defensive unit has played in front of Tuukka Rask, it’s unlikely the Bruins would alter their lineup for Game 4.
“There’s a chance for sure,” Seidenberg said of playing. “But you don’t want to come back too early. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and go from there.”
* Andrew Ference participated in an off-ice workout today. Ference has yet to skate since suffering his lower-body injury in Game 5 against Toronto. Coach Claude Julien said Ference continues to improve. If the Bruins can take care of business Thursday, it will give Ference, Seidenberg, and Redden more time to heal.