Bruins defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid both missed Friday's practice at TD Garden. All other players with the exception of Nathan Horton and Tuukka Rask were present. 

B's coach Claude Julien said both Boychuk and McQuaid remain day-to-day. Boychuk has a mild sprained knee and McQuaid left Thursday's game after feeling discomfort around his swollen eye. 

"We're being overcautious right now," Julien said, adding that the Bruins are being careful to "head into the playoffs as healthy as we can be."

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, as the B's prepare to begin defense of their Stanley Cup championship when the playoffs start next week.

Ference was asked about the difference in the team's mindset this spring as opposed to 2011.

It took longer than he would have liked, but a healthy Anton Khudobin finally started a game for the Bruins on Thursday, and he sent a message that both the B's and Boston fans needed to hear. 

The Bruins didn't have all their stars on the ice, but they still beat the team they are likely to face when the playoffs begin next Thursday. Led by goaltender Anton Khudobin, the B's defeated the Senators, 3-1, in Ottawa on Thursday night. 

Khudobin made 44 saves, allowing only a Jason Spezza goal in the second period. The Bruins jumped out to a two-goal lead on tallies from Benoit Pouliot and Greg Zanon before Spezza made it a one-goal game in the second period. Milan Lucic gave the B's some insurance by scoring his 26th goal of the season in the third period. 

Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Ottawa Thursday that defenseman Johny Boychuk is day-to-day with a mild sprained knee. 

Boychuk left Tuesday's loss to the Penguins in the third period after hurting his knee trying to hit Aaron Asham. He was not on the ice for Wednesday's practice at Ristuccia Arena. 

WILMINGTON - Tim Thomas, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara all stayed out on the ice for extra work after Wednesday's practice, and all three players will join Johnny Boychuk in staying behind when the team travels to Ottawa for Thursday's game against the Senators. Of the four players, all but Boychuk will simply be given the game off for rest. 

Boychuk left Tuesday night's loss to the Penguins in the third period with a leg injury, but Claude Julien offered no update on the status of the defenseman aside from the fact that he won't be making the trip. 

WILMINGTON -- In an encouraging sign, Bruins forward Nathan Horton and goaltender Tuukka Rask skated for 40 minutes with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides prior to Wednesday's practice at Ristuccia Arena. Neither player was on the ice as the team began practice Wednesday. 

"Tuukka's been skating for a few days, and he's coming around," coach Claude Julien said after Wednesday's practice. "We hope to have him with us soon, at least in practice. 

Minnesota was the wrong place for Benoit Pouliot. So was Montreal. Until Pouliot arrived in Boston, he was used to being one of the most talented players on the roster, but one of the most disappointing. 

Bruins coach Claude Julien said the team will have to wait until at least Wednesday to have a better idea of the left leg injury sustained by Johnny Boychuk in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Penguins at TD Garden. 

James Neal and Sidney Crosby scored power-play goals 48 seconds apart late in the second period to lift the Penguins to a 5-3 win over the Bruins Tuesday night at TD Garden. The game itself meant little to the Bruins, who already clinched the Northeast Division title and the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference for the upcoming playoffs.