BOSTON -- The Bruins welcomed Swedish goaltender Niklas Svedberg and forward Matthew Lindblad up from the Providence Bruins to practice with the NHL club as they wait for the final stragglers to return from the Sochi Winter Olympics. Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward confirmed following B’s practice that Svedberg would be returned to the AHL as soon as Tuukka Rask is ready to resume practice, and that may happen as soon as Tuesday afternoon.
Olympians Zdeno Chara and David Krejci also joined the Bruins regulars after returning from Russia at the end of last week, and they looked a little weary on their skates as they jumped back into things.
“They’ve been back for a few days, but usually that first day back on the ice the legs are usually a little heavier, even though they’ve been playing a lot,” said Ward. “They were looking at four or five days off the ice, so they’ll get better as they go along. The rest of these guys are already up to speed, and ready to go.”
Otherwise, Adam McQuaid was also again back on the ice for the Black and Gold for the fifth day as he returns from a leg injury. With the three medalists not around for Monday’s practice at TD Garden, here are the line combos and defenseman pairings: