Bruins' Taylor Hall returns to ice after suffering upper-body injury

Boston Bruins forward Taylor Hall (71) chases the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

Taylor Hall was back on the ice at Boston Bruins practice skating on his own after suffering an upper-body injury last week.

"His pain tolerance is really high. He's pushing it and doesn't want it to be week-to-week," head coach Jim Montgomery said after practice. "We’re just monitoring it right now. It was his first day on the ice and we’ll see how he feels tomorrow. There’s a little bit of hope that he can be back sooner than week-to-week."

Hall was injured in Boston's pre-season game against the Philadelphia Flyers, playing on a line with David Krejci and David Pastrnak. Pavel Zacha would slot into his place in the team's top six with Hall sidelined.

The 30-year-old had 20 goals and 61 points in 81 games last season and is entering the second season of a four-year, $24 million contract. 

The Bruins take on the Washington Capitals to begin the regular season on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

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