The Bruins managed to beat the snow/ice/rainstorm, returning to Boston last night immediately after their 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C. But practice today was moved from Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington to TD Garden, where the ice was not available because of a concert last night. Instead, the team went through an off-ice workout.
“I thought the safety of the players was the most important thing today,” said Bruins coach Claude Julilen. “Here in Boston it’s raining but I come from out of town and it’s freezing rain out there. It would have been high risk to bring the players in to Wilmington because of the freezing rain. We could get something done here much safer.”
Julien said Marc Savard, expected to return to Boston today for a reevaluation of his head injury, had not been able to leave his home in Ontario as of mid-afternoon, because of the winter weather. Julien said he had not spoken to Savard, but “we text,” and he added that Savard is “struggling with it.”
Two Bruins wearing relieved expressions yesterday were wings Daniel Paille, who scored his first goal of the season last night, and Nathan Horton, who scored his first goal in 11 games.
Paille, who has subbed in and out of the lineup this season and played in 24 games (1-4–5), scored the B’s first goal, deflecting Zdeno Chara’s shot from a spot in front of the net.
“I’ve been trying to get my game to be in front of the net a lot more,” Paille said. “I was able to tip it and it went through his legs.” Scoring was a confidence booster for the 26-year-old. “Definitely,” he said. “I definitely felt better as the game went on.”
Horton, who collected his 13th goal of the season on a quick pass from out from behind the net by David Krejci, has high hopes that the 13th is lucky and starts off a scoring streak.
“It’s definitely frustrating when you get chances and you can’t score,” said Horton, who opened his first season as a Bruin with eight goals in 15 games.