WILMINGTON, Mass. -- As the Bruins concluded practice on Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena and got ready to fly to Ottawa, Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, and Tim Thomas remained on the ice.
The trio of veteran leaders will not travel with the team to take on the Senators in the second-to-last game of the regular season. They each continued to practice for close to an hour after the rest of the Bruins called it a day.
With the B's not moving from the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, and a home game to conclude the regular season on Saturday, Chara said they're not making the trip to Ottawa "for good reasons."
"It's not like I'll be sitting out for a whole bunch of games," said the Bruins' captain on Wednesay. "It's just this one, and I'll be back the last game."
Also not making the trip to Ottawa will be injured defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who suffered a lower body injury in the third period of Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Wednesday's practice that he still did not know the extent of Boychuk's injury, and remained hopeful that it wasn't as bad an injury as it looked.
"Not yet," said Julien. "He was seeing our doctor this morning. We haven't had the results yet, but again, I'm still confident that it will be hopefully not as bad as it looked."