Vanek, Ellis skate; McCormick summoned from AHL

BOSTON –- The Boston Bruins held an optional game day skate this morning with 10 players taking a quick twirl on the Garden ice in preparation for Game 4 tonight against the Sabres.

The Sabres, down 2-1 in this series, aren’t taking any chances as both Thomas Vanek and Matt Ellis participated in Buffalo’s game day skate and the team also called up tough guy Cody McCormick from the AHL’s Portland Pirates. McCormick had 168 penalty minutes in 66 games this season for the Pirates.

Not sure at this point if Vanek, Ellis or McCormick will be in the lineup tonight. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff will address the media after the team gets off the ice.

More to come ...