WILMINGTON — Perhaps a healthy scratch could be in Milan Lucic‘s near future, as the 24-year-old power forward was among the extra forwards in Thursday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena.

Lucic, who has just two goals over his last 27 games and six goals on the season, joined Kaspars Daugavins and Jay Pandolfo in green jerseys to signify the spare forwards. The lines were as follows:

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand could not have picked a more emotional night to make their returns from concussions.

Bergeron hadn’t played since April 2, a span of six games. Marchand missed the last two games since being elbowed by Anton Volchenkov of the Devils.

Neither player figured in the scoring but both had a positive signs of bouncing back on a night the city of Boston looked to bounce back.

Longtime Bruins national anthem singer Rene Rancourt joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning, following Wednesday night’s emotional performance that preceded the Bruins’ game against the Sabres.

Rancourt started singing before putting down his microphone and allowing the 17,000-plus fans to take the lead.

“It was a very different sensation for me,” Rancourt said. “This was a first for me. I’ll tell you, I’m speechless for the first time in my life.”

As the Bruins took the ice in darkness prior to the opening faceoff Wednesday night, the Garden felt like an oversized high school rink. As big a city as Boston is, the atmosphere was the perfect picture of a close community. It didn’t feel like the big, way-too-loud production that an NHL game usually is.



The Sabres came from behind in the third period to eventually beat the Bruins, 3-2, in a shootout Wednesday night at TD Garden. Boston clinched a playoff berth by getting a point out of the contest.

With the B’s leading late, Cody Hodgson scored on a 6-on-4 with 48 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at two, making for the Bruins’ latest blown lead in the third period. The teams skated to a scoreless overtime period before Drew Stafford beat Anton Khudobin in the in the shootout to deliver Buffalo the victory.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, TD Garden, the NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced have pledged to donate a combined $250,000 to the One Fund Boston, which raises money for the families of those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.

The Bruins got an influx of healthy bodies Wednesday morning as Carl Soderberg skated with the team for the first time, while both Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand (concussions) have been cleared and will be in the lineup for what figures to be an emotional contest against the Sabres.

The NHL announced Tuesday that Monday’s game between the Bruins and Senators has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 28 at TD Garden. The game will be played at 7 p.m.

The game was initially scheduled for Monday night, but was postponed due to the Boston Marathon bombings.

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The Bruins sent forward Jordan Caron to Providence following Tuesday’s practice. The move comes a day before Carl Soderberg is expected to take the ice for the first time with the Bruins for Wednesday’s morning skate.

In five NHL games this season, Caron has one goal and two assists for three points.

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WILMINGTON -- Andrew Ference had gone home after Monday’s morning skate knowing that he was going to be a healthy scratch that night against the Senators.