B's expect another grudge game


BOSTON -- The Bruins held an optional skate Saturday morning at TD Garden in preparation for their 7 p.m. game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden.

Only goaltender Tim Thomas and forward Shawn Thornton did not participate. Coach Claude Julien, who also was not on the ice, said he decided to make it optional because of the busy week the team has had with all the ceremonies.

“It’ s been a long week, a lot of things going on,” he said. “We’ve been practicing every day so our energy needs to be put in our game tonight and not so much this morning.”

The coach also said he hopes defenseman Adam McQuaid (flu) will be able to play.

The Bruins face the Lightning two days after losing 2-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers in the season opener at the Garden. It’s an interesting scenario given the fact that the Bruins beat both the Flyers (conference semifinals) and the Lightning (conference finals) en route to the Stanley Cup title.

“It doesn’t matter what anyone says because naturally there’s a bit of a rivalry created because of what happened last year, and with Philly the last two years,” said Bruins forward Milan Lucic. “It helps getting the competitive juices flowing and the emotion to start the season when you play teams that are coming after you the way these two teams are. It’s a good test. We definitely have to sharpen up from our last game.”