WILMINGTON – Reilly Smith was back on the ice Saturday morning at Ristuccia Arena with the rest of his non-Olympic teammates after missing Friday’s practice session because of an illness.
Justin Florek and Matthew Lindblad, however, didn’t attend Saturday’s practice; they were reassigned back to Providence. The P-Bruins are scheduled to play both tonight and tomorrow, while the NHL Bruins will take Sunday off.
When practice resumes Monday, Zdeno Chara and David Krejci --whose Olympic teams were eliminated prior to the semifinals -- are expected to be on hand. They arrived back in the United States on Thursday's NHLPA charter from Sochi, Russia to Newark.
One player that won’t have Sunday off: Adam McQuaid. The rangy, rugged defenseman skated with his teammates Saturday for the third straight practice after being out since Jan. 19 with a leg injury, and will skate on his own Sunday while the rest of the Bruins get the day off.
“I think he’s still working his way back in,” said Bruins assistant coach Doug Jarvis, speaking in place of the absent Claude Julien. (Julien is an assistant coach on Team Canada, which will play for the Olympic gold medal on Sunday.) “My understanding is he’ll skate [Sunday] on his own and we’ll continue to work with him.
“I see it being, from what I understand, a day-to-day scenario as we move along. We’ll see how he keeps improving.”
McQuaid said he didn’t think he’d be able to play if the Bruins had a game Sunday, but that he’s hoping to ramp things up next with an eye toward his return . . . even if it doesn’t happen in the Wednesday night road game against in Buffalo that opens the B's post-Olympic schedule.
As was the case on Thursday, former Northeastern University goaltender Adam Geragosian served as the second goaltender with Chad Johnson while Tuukka Rask was busy shutting out Team USA.