WILMINGTON, MA -- Plenty of good news on the injury front for a Bruins team that got pretty banged up last week while picking three wins out of four games in six days.
The best news of all might just be that Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton skated on his own prior to Mondays practice after passing the bike fitness test on Sunday with no return of his concussion symptoms. Thornton was memorably dinged up during a fight with 6-foot-8 Buffalo Sabres enforcer John Scott in a loss to the Sabres last week.
Thornton isnt going to play against the Canadiens on Wednesday night. But Bruins officials seem to be very encouraged by the quick progress Thornton is making from the concussion, and it doesnt appear like hell be out beyond the 7-10 days originally set as a timetable.
Hes going really well. There are no issues there, said Julien. Hes feeling really good. Hes been great and symptom-free for a few days now. He biked yesterday and skated today, so things are going well. But theres a protocol to follow and were going to follow that to the letter.
Brad Marchand is progressing very well from an upper body injury suffered in Bostons 1-0 win over the Leafs over the weekend, according to Julien, but Marchand missed Monday mornings Bruins practice at Ristuccia Arena.
Marchand was injured when he tripped over goaltender James Reimers equipment on a drive to the net, and crashed into the end boards. The Bs agitator skated a couple more shifts in the game, but appeared to be in visible pain before leaving the bench for good at the end of the second period.
Marchand hasnt been ruled out for Wednesday nights tilt against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, but Gregory Campbell was skating in his spot on the left wing alongside Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin.
Well make those decisions tomorrow, obviously, before we leave about who can and who cant play Wednesday against the Canadiens, said Julien.