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Battle-heavy practice concludes

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  March 20, 2011 10:50 AM

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WILMINGTON -- The Bruins have wrapped up an hour-long practice on what should have been an off day. But given last night's performance against Toronto and the team's overall malaise, Claude Julien had no intentions of giving them a second breather in the last three days. The Bruins didn't practice on Friday.

"If your team is playing well, you don't mind giving days off," Julien said. "It's a long grind and you have to make sure you get your rest. But when their game isn't where it should be, you don't give days off. You work on finding your game, and that's the most important thing right now."

There was no bag skate. Instead, the Bruins emphasized races and battles in down-low drills. They concluded with a two-on-two battle.

Today's lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi/Michael Ryder
Tyler Seguin-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Steven Kampfer-Shane Hnidy

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

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