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Good News from Ristuccia

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- It was good to note two more familiar faces on the Ristuccia Arena rink on Monday morning.

McQuaid & Kampfer
Defensemen Steven Kampfer and Adam McQuaid both returned to the ice with the team.

McQuaid, who was suffering headaches and neck pain after a collision during last Wednesday's game with Carolina, returned to the Black & Gold fold and reported no issues after a full practice.

"I felt pretty good today, so we’ll see how the rest of the day plays out and see what happens," said McQuaid. "It’s nice to be able to get back."

Kampfer hasn't played since starting the season on the shelf thanks to a knee injury suffered in a September 29 exhibition game versus Ottawa.

"I feel good. Obviously," said Kampfer. "I think it’s getting there, so we’ll see in a couple of days and it keeps getting better, but right now it feels good."

Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said that his young defenseman looked good, too.

"I think he’s been skating since we left for the road trip and he looked good in today’s practice," said Julien. "His skating seems to be where it should be.

"Obviously, his conditioning is what we’re working on a little bit right now, but he hasn’t been cleared for contact, but after today there’s a good chance that will happen pretty soon."

That's especially good since Kampfer accidently collided with Milan Lucic during the final few moments of Monday's session.

"I think my back was turned, his head was down, so it was kind of a combination of both [of us]," said Kampfer. "But it’s good when something like that happens because you never know when you’re going to get hit in the game.
"I actually felt fine getting hit like that and not expecting it," explained Kampfer. "So I guess that kind of eases your mind a little bit that you can get hit and it doesn’t hurt anything."

McQuaid, who also missed the first game of the season with flu-like symptoms, relishes a chance to get back into the fray.

"You never want to miss too much time and it’s nice to get back out there and practice with the guys," repeated McQuaid. "It was a pretty good up-tempo practice.

"Guys were working hard, so it’s nice to be able to get back into things, be a part of things again."

Julien said that the B's remain cautious in their approach to McQuaid's injury.

"The other night in Chicago, during the game he biked and felt great and then he came in yesterday, skated, and felt great again," he said. "He was on the ice with us today and right now everything looks good so it’s certainly good news."

And the B's bench boss said that there's a possibility that McQuaid could be a game-time decision.

"I think again, it’s day-to-day, but we’ll see how he feels after today," said Julien. "So far everything that he’s gone through he’s felt fine. If things go well again today -- he’ll have to get the clearance from the doctor and those final tests that come with it -- and there’s always a possibility."

Julien also added another name to his update, postpractice: David Krejci.

The B's forward, who was diagnosed with a "core" injury, has not played since October 10.

"David Krejci skated again this morning, so he’s coming around," said Julien. "Probably doubtful for tomorrow, but after that I would really qualify him as day-to-day."

In the interim, the B's depth will have to stem the tide and build the club's momentum as the Bruins rebound from a 1-3 start.

"You have to be able to have that to succeed in this league," said Julien. "It’s such a tight league and you can’t afford to fall behind too far.

"I think the guys that we have here and the guys that we have in Providence -— some of the guys that were sent down -— are guys that we could feel extremely comfortable brining up and filling in our roster."
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