Chara out; Ference and Kampfer return to practice


Chara out; Ference and Kampfer return to practice

By DannyPicard

WILMINGTON -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was the only player not present at Sunday's practice at Ristuccia Arena. However, defensemen Andrew Ference (lower body) and Steve Kampfer (concussion) both returned, after skating on their own on Saturday.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after practice that all three players would travel with the team to Columbus for Tuesday night's game against the Blue Jackets.

Chara has been dealing with flu-like symptoms the last couple of days, and has even been battling dehydration, so everyone involved believed it would be best to give him the day off on Sunday.

"Even the last couple of games, he's played through them," said Julien. "But the doctor and our medical staff thought it would be better for him to get his rest today."

As for Kampfer and Ference, Julien said that both have been cleared to play, but as of right now, it's up to them, and how they feel heading into Tuesday's game.

"This is a concussion thing with Kampfer, and it's something that has to be determined by him and our medical staff here, to see that he's full go," said Julien. "And that's basically coming from him, because he's been cleared. As long as everything is good, he'll be a go.

"Yeah, there would be a possibility that Ference could be in there as well. I think that's, again, a lot of it will be up to him and how he feels at that point. With both players, it's a lot of, basically, their decision."

Here's how the lines looked at Sunday's practice:

Lucic -- Krejci -- Horton
Marchand -- Bergeron -- Peverley
Recchi -- KellySeguin -- Ryder
Paille -- Campbell -- Thornton

Kaberle, Seidenberg, Boychuk, McQuaid, Ference, Kampfer, and Hnidy

Thomas -- Rask

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Sheary, Crosby lead Penguins past Bruins, 5-1


Sheary, Crosby lead Penguins past Bruins, 5-1

PITTSBURGH - Conor Sheary scored two goals, Sidney Crosby added his league-leading 28th and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth straight game, 5-1 over the Boston Bruins.

Pittsburgh led 2-1 through two periods before breaking out in the third with three goals in a span of 2 minutes, 57 seconds.

Sheary scored his 17th and has nine goals in nine games. Bryan Rust added his 12th and Patric Hornqvist his 11th for the Penguins, who won a season-high seventh straight at home. Pittsburgh the NHL's best home team, is 13-0-1 in its last 14 home games.

Evgeni Malkin had two assists for a season-best seven-game point streak. Crosby added two assists for a three-point game. Matt Murray made 44 saves to win his fourth straight game.

David Krejci scored his 11th for the Bruins, who have lost four straight and five of their last six.