BOSTON — The Bruins hit the ice for practice on Saturday morning at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, before heading to an all-team event with season ticket holders for the afternoon.
Matt Beleskey took part in the full practice with the team. He has missed the Bruins’ past two games with an upper body injury. He remains day to day, according to Head Coach Claude Julien, but he “definitely is getting closer.”
“It’s getting better — getting better every day and it felt pretty good out there today,” Beleskey said following Saturday’s practice. “We just thought [Friday’s game], with three days off here, it would be a better decision [to not play].”
“You hate watching your own team play, that’s a bad feeling,” said Beleskey, who traveled to Brooklyn with the team but did not suit up. “So I’m working hard to get back out there.”
Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron were both absent from practice. Marchand was given a maintenance day, while Bergeron was excused from practice due to the recent birth of his son.
During practice, the coaching staff reinforced what helped the Bruins bounce back on Friday night in Brooklyn with a 5-3 win over the New York Islanders — support all over the ice, and hard, aggressive play.
“Every time you win, you want to have good, solid practice. You don’t want to be too loosey goosey — there’s a saying, ‘you play the way you practice,’ so you don’t want to slow down in practice,” David Krejci said post-practice. “You want to keep playing the same way. So it was a good practice. We’ve got the day off [Sunday]. Come back on Monday and should be good to go for Tuesday.”
The Bruins next host the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night at TD Garden. Having gone 3-0-1 in their past four games (while being undefeated on the road), the B’s are looking to translate their solid road play onto the Garden ice.
“We’ve got something good going here,” said Krejci. “I feel like we’ve played a good three out of the last four games, so we’ve got to build on that.”
“It’s always a good feeling to come back the next day and practice when you win a game, so we’ve got to keep it going.”
Joonas Kemppainen led the team stretch prior to practice wrapping up, a day after scoring his first NHL and Bruins goal.
Dennis Seidenberg skated on his own prior to practice for about 45 minutes. According to his original timetable after back surgery, he remains about three weeks away from a possible return.
Practice Lineup 10/24
Loui Eriksson — David Krejci — David Pastrnak
Matt Beleskey — Chris Kelly — Jimmy Hayes
Zac Rinaldo — Ryan Spooner — Brett Connolly
Max Talbot — Joonas Kemppainen — Tyler Randell
Zdeno Chara — Kevan Miller
Torey Krug — Adam McQuaid
Joe Morrow — Colin Miller
Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Jonas Gustavsson