Marchand leaves ice early

BOSTON -- The Bruins, already riddled with injuries, had a bit of a scare during their morning skate Thursday as they prepare for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers.

Bruins forward Brad Marchand and teammate Tyler Seguin were in the midst of a 2-on-1 drill when Marchand pulled up, hunched over, and quickly skated off the ice. He did not return.

After the skate, Bruins coach Claude Julien indicated everything was OK with Marchand.

“He’ll be fine and he’ll be in there tonight,” Julien said.

Marchand was walking around the Bruins’ locker room in street clothes, smiling and chirping as usual.

Boston is already without defensemen Dennis Seidenberg (lower body), Andrew Ference (lower body) and Wade Redden (undisclosed). None of the three was on the ice Thursday morning.

“Doesn’t look good,” Julien said.

The Bruins’ defensive pairings during the skate were: Dougie Hamilton-Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid, Johnny Boychuk-Matt Bartkowski.