Miller back on Bruins' blue line

April, 20, 2014
4/20/14
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BOSTON -- Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller returned to the lineup for Game 2 of the first round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings Sunday afternoon at TD Garden.

The rookie blueliner missed Game 1 with an undisclosed issue. During pregame warmups Sunday, he was paired with Andrej Meszaros. With Miller back, Corey Potter was a healthy scratch.

"Millsy right from the start I thought helped set the tone with a couple of big hits, and I think they were within the first five minutes," Bruins forward Jarome Iginla said. "I mean, he looks like he’s about to get hit and he still hits the other way, so he reverses and he brings a lot of energy, but he still moves the puck well and he’s a tough guy to beat. He’s a very strong competitor and it was great to have him back in the lineup and set that tone early."

Like many on the team, Miller has been dealing with the flu bug all week. He was only able to practice twice during the week, but showed no ill effects in Game 2. Miller logged 19:52 of ice time and was paired with Torey Krug.

"It’s nice to have him back. It probably wasn’t fun for him the last few days, but I thought he handled it really well and he played a strong game," Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said.

Fellow defenseman Matt Bartkowski (flu) remains sidelined. He participated in the team's full practice on Saturday, but was not in the lineup for Game 2.

Bruins forwards Daniel Paille (head) and Chris Kelly (back) also remained sidelined.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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