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Bruins work on some basics during light practice

by Matt Kalman

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- After two days off and two hard days on the ice, the Boston Bruins went through a lighter practice Thursday at Ristuccia Arena.

It’s been a challenge for the coaching staff to fill in all these days since the Bruins beat the New York Rangers last Saturday until the Eastern Conference Final starts this Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Practice on Thursday was part of dialing things down before the intensity picks up again Saturday.

"That's what we did today. We just did a couple drills and then we just wanted to work our power play today and penalty kill. So basically the bulk of the practice was 20 minutes," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.

The Bruins' power play, and entire practice, was missing David Krejci. Julien said the center was off for "minimal maintenance."

Defenseman Andrew Ference continued to skate toward a return from his injury. He said he felt good, but neither Ference nor Julien had heard if the blueliner was medically cleared to play in Game 1 at Consol Energy Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

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