Bruins’ Rick Nash returns to practice ahead of Maple Leafs series

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock joins Prime Time Sports to talk about the upcoming playoff series against the Boston Bruins.

The Boston Bruins are getting healthy when it counts most.

Forward Rick Nash returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since suffering a concussion in the middle of March. Nash hasn’t played since a March 17 contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning but is expected to be in the lineup Thursday when the Bruins begin their opening-round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Bruins sent Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Lindgren a 2018 first-round pick and 2019 seventh-rounder to the New York Rangers for Nash, a pending unrestricted free agent, one day prior to the Feb. 26 trade deadline.

Nash registered three goals and three assists in 11 games with the Bruins before his injury.

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Sean Kuraly also returned to the ice with his teammates. The 25-year-old had missed the previous seven games with an upper-body injury.

Nash skated on a line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk, while Kuraly resumed his role as the fourth-line centre between Tim Schaller and Tommy Wingels.

Riley Nash remained absent, though, as the centre recovers from a significant laceration he sustained when he took a puck to the ear/head late in the regular season.


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