WILMINGTON -- The Bruins had no news about the status of the injury to Johnny Boychuk’s left leg after practice on Wednesday, but the rugged defenseman was expected to be reevaluated later in the day. Boychuk slammed his left leg into Pittsburgh’s Arron Asram during the Bruins’ 5-3 loss Tuesday night and had to be helped off the ice by his teammates.
After a full practice, the Bruins left immediately for Ottawa and the penultimate game of the season Thursday against the team likely to be their first-round playoff opponent. Left behind along with Boychuk were three stalwarts: goalie Tim Thomas, defenseman Zdeno Chara, and forward Patrice Bergeron, all told to take a rest day. Goalies Marty Turco and Antonin Khudobin made the trip, with Khudobin likely to get the start.
Rest days are easier for some than others. “Obviously I want to play, that’s what you want to do,’’ said Chara, one of the team’s top workhorses on defense, along with Dennis Seidenberg. “I enjoy playing in every game, I don’t want to miss any, but at the same time, you have to respect the decisions the coaches are making, for good reasons. It’s just this one [game] and I’ll be back for the last game at home.’’
Defenseman Adam McQuaid, who has missed three games with a cut over his left eye, said he was feeling good and ready to play. Rounding out the defensive corps coach Claude Julien will have to choose from in Ottawa are Andrew Ference, Joe Corvo, Greg Zanon, Mike Mottau, and Torey Krug.
Forward Lane MacDermid, called up from the Providence Bruins on Tuesday night, practiced traveled to Ottawa. The 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pound MacDermid, who said his biggest asset is his physicality, had four goals, 11 assists, and 115 penalty minutes in 65 games in Providence. He was recalled to Boston earlier this season and played in five games; he scored no points but registered five penalty minutes.
“I got called last last night after the game; that was a nice surprise,’’ said MacDermid. “They gave me a great opportunity before and they’ve put me up again, so I’d like to show that I’m worthy of being part of the team and can be an asset and help the team out. I’ll just try and do my best.’’