Sturm, Begin at B's practice

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Winger Marco Sturm joined the Bruins for practice Thursday morning at Ristuccia Arena for the first time since leaving practice early last Wednesday.

Sturm has been out since Jan. 14 with a leg injury. He returned to the ice on his own Wednesday.

Steve Begin was on the ice with the club for the second straight practice. Winger Mark Recchi remained excused after carrying the Olympic torch Wednesday in his hometown of Kamloops, B.C.