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Bish's Blog: April 24th

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
1:37 p.m.

Ference to return soon...
Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron, left, works on a puck protection drill with Andrew Ference under the watchful eye of head coach Claude Julien. (AP File Photo)
Perhaps the most significant news to come out of today's practice was about injured defenseman Andrew Ference.

"Right now, the way things are looking, there's no reason...[to think] he's not going to start the next series," said Julien. "He was on his own [to workout] today.

"And I guess, from our chats with our trainers, by the beginning of the week he'll be with our team here."

Julien talked about the other players who did not skate.

"Minimal maintenance," said Julien. "With the luxury [of time] that we have, they could have easily practiced...but we really took an overly cautious approach."

Coach Julien also gave quick update on Matt Hunwick.

"I've been in contact with him almost every day," he said. "I know he's back home and I thought I'd see him today [at Wilmington].

"But...we're going to see him pretty soon.

"He's doing well and is in good spirtis," said Julien, before he added, "We're going to try and make this an interesting playoff so we can at least give him a chance to come back and be part of it."

11:21 a.m.
B's recall Adam Courchaine
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Adam Courchaine from the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). He is expected to join the Boston Bruins today for practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA.

The 20-year-old Courchaine split the 2008-2009 regular season between the Providence Bruins and the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League He started and played in one game for the P-Bruins this season and went 0-1-0 with a 3.00 Goals Against Average.

He played 30 games for the 67’s and registered a 13-11-2 record, a 3.28 Goals Against Average and two shutouts.

11:11 a.m.
We're missing Tim Thomas, Dennis Wideman, Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard as practice starts here in Wilmington.

11:07 a.m.

More good news...
Jeremy Reich, Providence Bruins
From The Providence Bruins defeated the Portland Pirates 2-1 Thursday evening at the Cumberland County Civic Center.  The P-Bruins got their goals from Brad Marchand and Kirk MacDonald.  The P-Bruins lead the best of seven series 3 games to 1.  The P-Bruins continue the Calder Cup Playoffs at the Dunkin' Donuts Center Friday versus the Pirates at 7:05 p.m.

The Pirates took a 1-0 lead at the 11:55 mark of the opening period.  Mark Mancari tallied his first goal of the post-season, while Marek Zagrapan and Tim Kennedy recorded the assists.  Portland went into the first intermission leading 1-0.

The P-Bruins tied the game at one at the 17:13 mark of the second period.  Martin St. Pierre had the puck along the boards and sent it to Johnny Boychuk at the blue line.  He took a shot and Marchand tipped the puck into the net for his second goal of the post-season.  Providence took the lead at the 19:43 mark.  Wacey Rabbit won the face off and Jeremy Reich picked up the puck halfway up the right boards.  He sent the puck to MacDonald in the high slot, who netted his first goal of the playoffs.  Providence took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.

After a scoreless third period, the P-Bruins went on to the 2-1 victory.

Tuukka Rask stopped 31 of 32 shots for the P-Bruins, while Jhonas Enroth made 35 saves for the Pirates.  The P-Bruins were 0-for-3 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.

The P-Bruins continue the playoffs at The Dunk Friday at 7:05 p.m. for Game 5.

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