McQuaid, Kampfer 'ready for the battle'

McQuaid, Kampfer 'ready for the battle'
May 12, 2011, 6:28 pm
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By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON The Bruins are fully healthy along their blueline for the first time this postseason as Bs coach Claude Julien declared young defenseman Steve Kampfer and Adam McQuaid ready for battle following a solid Thursday practice at TD Garden.With both of their top eight defenseman healthy and practicing again, both Matt Bartkowski and Colby Cohen werent present with the rest of the Bs skaters when they showed up for 11 a.m. practice Thursday.Kampfer has been out a month with a knee injury, but has been cleared for contact over the last several practices with good results. Hes doing well actually," said Julien of Kampfer, who played in just one NHL game after making a couple of key late mistakes in a March 17 loss to the Nashville Predators. "Hes been cleared to battle and everything else. But he is still continuing more on his conditioning right now than anything else. We are still cautious with that injury, but its gone far enough that he capable of handling some contact and some battles.Likewise McQuaid said he felt way better on Thursday after skating the last few practices while coming back from a sprained neck suffered in Game 2 against the Philadelphia Flyers. The rugged blueliner is looking like a go for Game 1 on Saturday night, and that would relegate Shane Hnidy to healthy scratch status after playing in the final two wins over the Flyers.Were pretty confident that McQuaid will be ready," Julien said. "We can make that decision on Saturday. But he is feeling better. Hes had some time obviously to heal. Hes in practice doing all the thing hes supposed to do.Unless there is a setback, I dont see any reason why he wouldnt be a possibility for Saturday.

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