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Johnny Boychuk practices with Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin  March 20, 2014 04:39 PM

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DENVER -- Johnny Boychuk was on the ice Thursday afternoon for an optional skate with the Bruins. Boychuk has missed the last two games after going hard into the boards and suffering a leg injury in Saturday's game against Carolina.

Coach Claude Julien said he had not yet made a determination on whether Boychuk would play Friday against the Avalanche.

"This is his first time on the ice," Julien said. "We'll have to chat after he gets off, and tomorrow is another skate. Well evaluate him day-by-day like we talked about, but again, if hes not 100 percent, theres no reason why he should play.

"And certainly, again, the situation were in, our guys who have played on D have been pretty good overall and weve had a good group of guys -- guys in, out, they come in, do a job -- and so again no need to rush things here."

Julien also provided a small update on Adam McQuaid, who is back with the team. It was announced March 5 that McQuaid would be shut down for 2-3 weeks to see if that might help the quadriceps strain that has plagued him since he reinjured it Jan. 19.

"We're obviously going to have to make a decision at some point," Julien said. "The reason we shut him down was to try and get him back on course, and I know hes been working off ice longer and longer every day.

"As far as I know, hes going in the right direction, but whether we make a decision with him or not, Ill probably know more once I get back home because he stayed back with our trainers there and is working out that way."

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