The Bruins had no news about the injury to Johnny Boychuk’s left leg after practice at Wilmington, but the rugged defenseman is expected to be reevaluated later today. Boychuk slammed his left leg into Pittsburgh’s Arron Asham during the Bruins’ 5-3 loss Tuesday night and had to be helped off the ice by his teammates.
After a full practice, the B’s left immediately for Ottawa and the penultimate game of the season Thursday against the team likely to be their first-round playoff opponent. Left behind along with Boychuk were three stalwarts: goalie Tim Thomas, defenseman Zdeno Chara, and forward Patrice Bergeron, all told to take a rest day. Goalies Marty Turco and Antonin Khudobin made the trip, with Khudobin likely to get the start.
Rest days are easier for some than others. “Obviously I want to play, that’s what you want to do,” said Chara, one of the team’s top workhorses on defense, along with Dennis Seidenberg. “I enjoy playing in every game, I don’t want to miss any, but at the same time, you have to respect the decisions the coaches are making, for good reasons. It’s just this one [game] and I’ll be back for the last game at home.”
Defenseman Adam McQuaid, who has missed three games with a cut over his left eye, said he was feeling good and ready to play. Rounding out the defensive corps coach Claude Julien will have to choose from in Ottawa are Andrew Ference, Joe Corvo, Greg Zanon, Mike Mottau, and Torey Krug.
Forward Lane MacDermid, called up from the Providence Bruins last night, practiced with the B’s and joined them for the trip to Ottawa. The 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pound MacDermid, who said his biggest asset is his physicality, has 4 goals, 11 assists, and 115 penalty minutes in 65 games in Providence. He was recalled to Boston earlier this season and played in five games; he scored no points but registered 5 penalty minutes.
“I got called last last night after the game; that was a nice surprise,’’ said MacDermid. “They gave me a great opportunity before and they’ve put me up again, so I’d like to show that I’m worthy of being part of the team and can be an asset and help the team out. I’ll just try and do my best.’’