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Carl Soderberg, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound forward who has yet to play in the Stanley Cup Final, skated with Boston’s fourth line for most of practice on Friday morning.
Soderberg wore a wine-colored practice jersey and skated alongside Rich Peverley and Shawn Thornton for a majority of the drills.
Kaspars Daugavins, who played in the last five playoff games, wore a green jersey, normally reserved for the scratched players. Daugavins took a few rushes with Peverley and Thornton toward the end of practice.
Boston coach Claude Julien would not confirm if Soderberg was in for Game 5.
“I was just trying something else here,” Julien said. “Just a different look.”
After practice, Soderberg said he was unsure of his status.
“I haven’t talked to coach yet, so I don’t know what’s happening tomorrow,” the big-bodied forward said. “I have been practicing for a long time now, so I feel ready.”
The Bruins skated for about an hour before departing TD Garden for Chicago, where they will meet the Blackhawks in Game 5 on Saturday night.
Soderberg was traded to the Bruins in 2007. He has played his entire career in Europe until April, when he agreed to a contract with Boston after months of negotiations. Soderberg has been practicing with the team since then.
“I’ve been here for 11 weeks now so I know the system,” Soderberg said. “I haven’t played games in a while but if I’m playing tomorrow it will go well. I know everything.”
The 27-year-old led the Swedish Elite League this season with 31 goals.
Daugavins has played only 52 minutes over his six playoff games this season. He took only nine shifts in Game 4, logging less than six minutes of ice time. He has not registered a point and missed an open net in the third overtime of Game 1.
After practice on Friday morning, the team boarded buses, which would take them to the team plane, in TD Garden parking lot. There were about 1,000 fans there to greet them.
Some fans arrived by 9 a.m. The Bruins walked out a few minutes before noon.
The crowd, mostly dressed in black and yellow, cheered as the players walked by, conducting familiar chants like “Let’s go Bruins!” and “We want the Cup!”
Some players, like goalie Tuukka Rask, spent about 10 minutes giving autographs.
It was the longest day of the year, and with hot sun raining down in Boston. The sun beamed on the pavement. Bruins staff members handed out cold waters to some fans in the front of the line.