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Johnny Boychuk skates in practice with Bruins

Johnny Boychuk (left) congratulated Reilly Smith for scoring the game-winning goal in a shootout earlier this month against the Lightning.

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Johnny Boychuk (left) congratulated Reilly Smith for scoring the game-winning goal in a shootout earlier this month against the Lightning.

DENVER — Johnny Boychuk was on the ice Thursday afternoon for an optional skate with the Bruins. The defenseman has missed the last two games after going hard into the boards and suffering a leg injury in Saturday’s game against Carolina.

Coach Claude Julien said he had not yet made a determination on whether Boychuk would play Friday against the Avalanche.

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“This is his first time on the ice,” Julien said. “We’ll have to chat after he gets off, and tomorrow is another skate. We’ll evaluate him day-by-day like we talked about, but again, if he’s not 100 percent, there’s no reason why he should play.

“And certainly, again, the situation we’re in, our guys who have played on D have been pretty good overall, and we’ve had a good group of guys — guys in, out, they come in, do a job — and so again, no need to rush things here.”

Julien also provided a small update on Adam McQuaid, who is back with the team. It was announced March 5 that McQuaid would be shut down for 2-3 weeks to see if that might help the quadriceps strain that has plagued him since he reinjured it Jan. 19.

“We’re obviously going to have to make a decision at some point,” Julien said. “The reason we shut him down was to try and get him back on course, and I know he’s been working off ice longer and longer every day.

“As far as I know, he’s going in the right direction, but whether we make a decision with him or not, I’ll probably know more once I get back home because he stayed back with our trainers there and is working out that way.”

Amalie Benjamin can be reached at abenjamin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @amaliebenjamin.
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