BOSTON -- The Bruins practiced at TD Garden Friday after a big 6-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Adam McQuaid (neck) was back on the ice after missing the last three games but Milan Lucic was given a maintenance day from head coach Claude Julien, and was not present after scoring his first goal of the season Thursday. Julien still isn't sure if McQuaid will be ready to play for Saturday’s tilt with former Bruin Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks.
"Still day-to-day," Julien said. "Obviously he's practicing with us and that's a good sign. I haven't been confirmed of his presence yet in our lineup so still day-to-day."
While Jordan Caron was in the lineup (below) today in place of Lucic, expect the lines to stay the same Saturday after the Bruins played arguably their best game of the season Thursday. But despite how well the Bruins played, Julien cautioned that his team could fall back into the inconsistency that has plagued it in the early going this season.
"That's what I talked about to the guys again today," Julien told the media after practice. "We just seemed to have good days and average days and again today in practice we talked about it, mentally we weren't sharp sharp out there. We can't afford to do that and if you can sharpen yourselves up in practice it will become second nature in a game. That's the biggest challenge right now is maybe being able to sustain that focus. Maybe bringing it to the attention of the players will certainly help them get through it."
Today’s lineup at practice:
Andrew Ference-Steven Kampfer