BOSTON -- Bruins winger Loui Eriksson joined the team for Monday morning’s practice at TD Garden, marking the fourth straight day he has taken to the ice as he works his way back from a concussion suffered Oct. 23.
With the Dallas Stars in town for the first time since the teams’ Fourth-of-July blockbuster deal -- which landed Eriksson in Boston -- the 28-year-old Swede said he wasn’t about to rush his return. Playing against his old mates would seem an added incentive.
“For sure,” Eriksson said, when asked whether it would mean more to return Tuesday. “You always want to play in games and, especially, tomorrow. It’s going to be a big game for me. We’ll see what happens today.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien opened the door for Eriksson’s return, noting it was a possibility, pending further tests with the medical staff, in his post-practice remarks Monday.
“I’m feeling pretty good right now, we’ll see about tomorrow,” Eriksson said. “I still have some testing to do, but I’m feeling much better.”
Eriksson added that there’s a void in his memory in the moments following the center-ice check by John Scott in Buffalo. He also confirmed that Scott, who was given a seven-game suspension for the hit, reached out to apologize for the incident.
“I saw the replay, it wasn’t the prettiest hit,” Eriksson said.
On whether Scott’s seven-game sentence was strict enough, he deflected.
“I don’t have really much to say about it,” Eriksson said.
Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk also joined the team on the ice for the first time since he went barreling into the boards during the third period of Thursday’s tilt against Anaheim.
Forward Ryan Spooner was assigned to Providence on Monday morning. The 21-year-old tallied two points (two assists) in his two games with Boston, including his first NHL point Thursday against the Ducks, since his recall from the baby B’s.