Krejci practices for first time

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Center David Krejci joined the Boston Bruins for practice Monday for the first time since his H1N1 diagnosis last week.

Krejci missed two games while he was kept away from the team to prevent spreading the disease. Krejci was relieved to be back on the ice.

"I felt pretty good. Obviously I didn't skate for five days, so I was a little rusty. But I'll be good tomorrow [against the Pittsburgh Penguins]," Krejci said after practice at Ristuccia Arena.

Krejci first felt ill after the game last Tuesday in Detroit. He was diagnosed on Wednesday and then steadily began to get better.

"The last few days, I didn't have any fever. I just had a little headache and felt a little weak. But I felt pretty good yesterday and did a 20-minute bike ride and then back home and wake up this morning and felt pretty good," he explained.

As a young professional athlete, Krejci said the doctors told him it would take about five days to get over H1N1, so the 23-year-old wasn't too afraid after the diagnosis. And as for the symptoms, he said "the media makes it [sound] much worse."

Winger Michael Ryder was the only Bruins player absent from practice. Head coach Claude Julien said Ryder was feeling under the weather and that, although it didn't look like anything more serious, the team is being cautious any time a player complains of any flu-like symptoms.

Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.