WILMINGTON, MA With the Bruins in the middle of a flu bug thats coursing through their dressing room, the team promoted tough guy winger Lane MacDermid back up from the AHL prior to their road swing through Florida and Long Island.
MacDermid was on loan to the Providence Bruins for a conditioning assignment and skated in five games for the P-Bruins while notching both a goal and a fighting major during that time. He was back up with Boston for Tuesdays practice at Ristuccia Arena and skating in a Merlot practice jersey along with Shawn Thornton, Chris Kelly and Jay Pandolfo.
MacDermid got very limited ice time in the handful of games he played in Boston when Thornton suffered his concussion, so the winger was happy to get a more expanded role down in Providence.
I obviously got more ice time down there, so it was good to get regular shifts, said MacDermid. You get back to playing in game situations as well, so thats good. I just wanted to play well for my team when I did play, and I wasnt worried so much about coming back up here.
MacDermid has skated in three games for Boston this season with 10 penalty minutes -- earned in a pair of fights against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the same game at the Air Canada Centre -- and averaging 3:34 of ice time. The forward has four goals, two assists and 82 penalty minutes in 37 games with Providence this year.
With seven players -- including four forwards -- missing from practice on Tuesday afternoon extra forwards like MacDermid and Pandolfo could very easily be getting the call during the three-game road swing if the flu persists in the Black and Gold dressing room.