McQuaid at practice; Kelly ready Monday?

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- After a disappointing 2-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night at Bell Centre in Montreal, the Boston Bruins were back on the practice ice Sunday morning at Ristuccia Arena.

Injured defenseman Adam McQuaid, who has missed the last nine games because of a shoulder strain, practiced with the team.

“He started skating and didn’t take much contact today. He’s not in tomorrow but he’s progressing and going in the right direction,” coach Claude Julien said.

Bruins forward Chris Kelly, who has missed 13 games because of a broken left tibia, has been practicing with the team and could return to the lineup as early as Monday when the Bruins host the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m.

“He’s doing well, and we’ll see how things go from the medical staff, we still need clearance from them,” Julien said. “He practiced a little harder today and he’s inching closer and closer every day.”

Also, there’s no update on the status of Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, who is out indefinitely with a concussion.

“There’s no update on him,” Julien said. “Peter [Chiarelli] said we’ll give you some updates on him when it’s warranted, so we certainly don’t want to be answering the same question every day with a situation like that, that’s very unknown. It could be good one day and bad the next, so we’ll update you guys when the news starts to get positive and he’s heading in the right direction.”