By Joe Haggerty
WILMINGTON A light day for the Bruins on a rare Sunday morning practice at Ristuccia Arena on the morning after they clinched the Northeast Division titled and dashed the dreams of the Atlanta Thrashers.The Bs held a shinny scrimmage on the ice after dividing up the roster between players with black and white jerseys, and then ended things with a spirited shootout. The White Team ended up winning by a healthy amount, and the highlight during the shootout was Tyler Seguin pointing at Tuukka Rask to call his shot before whistling a puck past his glove hand for the score.That meant the Black Team would be footing the bill for a team lunch once the squad hits the Big Apple after besting the white team in 5-on-5, 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 competition followed by the shootout. Things ended when Daniel Paille fanned on a shootout attempt on Rask, and then flung his stick down the ice in mock anger once his black team had been defeated.The Bs players appreciated the light practice fare chosen by Bs coach Claude Julien before loading up for the short flight to New York City for Monday nights game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Julien talked after Saturdays win about finding the middle ground between working and resting his team prior to the playoffs, and Sunday seemed to have that in mind.It was a tough loss for the Black Team, but well get them next time, said Brad Marchand about the fun-hearted scrimmage. It was a surprise coming in today, but we know we have a lot of work to do still.The coaches know that we know we have to be ready for each and every game, and even if we have a fun day today we have to come to the rink tomorrow prepared to do a job. Its always good of them to give us that scrimmage day, and respect and acknowledge how hard the season has been for us.Every player was accounted for at practice, and it appeared that the Bs managed to leave Saturday afternoons win against the Thrashers with a healthy unit. Shawn Thornton said that the swelling is still traveling through his sinuses from the cut on his forehead, and it didnt look like hed be available Monday night against the Rangers.Joe Haggerty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.
By Joe Haggerty