After a much-deserved day off Sunday, the Bruins were back at practice Monday as they prepared for another Northeast Division tilt with the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night. The Bruins are riding a two-game win streak after taking four points in wins over the Maple Leafs and Senators. Of course the big story right now is the historic start Tim Thomas has had, but there was some other news on the ice at practice.
Head coach Claude Julien altered his lines in Saturday's 4-0 win at Ottawa and he kept those changes in place Monday as Mark Recchi was on the left wing with Patrice Bergeron and Jordan Caron, and Blake Wheeler was with Tyler Seguin and Michael Ryder.
"I wouldn't say it was out of not being happy with what we saw," said Julien. "It was more of a little tweak that I saw where it could give both of those lines a little bit of a boost or a change. I don't think it was aimed at any one individual more than it was aimed at giving both lines a little bit of a spark which would make our team a little bit better."
Also of note, Brian McGrattan was back practicing with the Bruins after a conditioning assignment in Providence over the weekend. He was skating with Thornton on the right wing on the fourth line.
Here's what the lines looked like Monday:
Mark Recchi--Patrice Bergeron-Jordan Caron
Blake Wheeler-Tyler Seguin-Michael Ryder