Multiple Bruins are dealing with the flu, Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday’s practice.

Multiple Bruins are dealing with the flu, Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday’s practice. Missing from the practice were Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille, Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, Matt Bartkowski, Andrej Meszaros and Kevan Miller.

Julien would not specify which Bruins have the flu and which were battling other ailments, but Kelly, Paille, Bergeron and Miller all missed time late in the season.

Asked specifically about Paille, who did not play in Sunday’s regular season finale after leaving Saturday’s game with what looked to be a head injury, Julien declined comment. Paille had two concussions earlier in the season,

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DJ Bean

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday to talk about the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing and the playoffs. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday to talk about the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing and the playoffs. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Last year’€™s Bruins playoff run served as a positive distraction for those dealing with the impact of the attacks on Boylston Street.

“I think a lot of people around the city did a lot of things to help the healing, and we were happy to be a small part of it,” Thornton said.

“We like hearing that, but we’€™re also aware that we just play a game, that what happened in the last year is life and a lot of people were affected, so it’€™s really hard for us to talk about because we’€™re happy to be a distraction at that time to try to put a good product out there for three hours and take people€™’s minds away from what was really going on. That was an honor. But at the end of the day, we just play a game, so it’€™s kind of tough to talk about.”

Thornton, as well as many other professional Boston athletes, visited those who were impacted by the attack in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.

“It put a lot of things in perspective,” Thornton said. “I know we say that all the time, but it’€™s true.

“I guess the lasting impression, [one of the Norden brothers] didn’t know who I was. I had gone there with Ken Casey from the [Dropkick Murphys], and I think he thought I was part of the band and he walked in and grabbed my ass. Then afterwards he was like, ‘Oh my God, I grabbed Shawn Thornton‘s ass.’ He was a huge hockey fan, he just didn’t recognize me at first. It was pretty funny, actually.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more team news, visit weei.com/bruins.

On facing the Red Wings in the playoffs: “The two times that I played them, they were very skilled, very fast. They don’t dump the puck in a lot. They usually try and bring it back, regroup, enter with speed and have puck possession. Little bit different than how we’€™re built — or a lot a bit different. We’re more of a crash and bang and then possess the puck when we get it back. It’s an interesting matchup, but we like it. You’ve got to beat everyone to get there anyways, so we’re OK with it. We worked hard to be the best team during the regular season, and matchups shouldn’t matter. We should be worried about what we’re doing inside our room.”

On losing 3-of-4 to Detroit in the regular season: “You say it all the time, but it’€™s a new season now. The slate is wiped clean. The regular season really doesn’t matter. That being said … it might get your radar up a little bit knowing that they’re a challenge. You’re not going to throw the puck on the ice and win. Our team responds fairly well to challenges, so I kind of like that actually.”

On playing with Loui Eriksson: “He’s got the best stick I’ve ever seen as far as turning pucks over. I’ve never seen anyone that picks off more passes and picks more pockets than he does. I only played against him a handful of times before him getting here, and he’s obviously a very smart hockey player and very skilled — he’s been on Olympic hockey teams forever. I think it’s just until you see him day-in and day-out the little things he does that stand out in my mind such as picking off pucks. He’s not going to run people over, but he goes into that corner and he always comes out with the biscuit.”

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Meredith Perri

The Bruins recalled forward Justin Florek on an emergency basis prior to Tuesday’s practice.

The recall likely has something to do with the Bruins’ bottom-six forward situation, as Chris Kelly (back spasms) and Daniel Paille both missed time at the end of the regular season.

Florek played four games for the Bruins this season, scoring a goal and picking up an assist for two points.

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DJ Bean

Dennis Seidenberg skated for at least the third time and second straight day Tuesday as he took the ice with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides prior to Bruins practice at TD Garden. Fellow defenseman Adam McQuaid was not on the ice.

Seidenberg skated for at least 20-25 minutes and was moving pretty well, going hard for single laps at a time and later doing harder circles in the neutral zone. He also took passes from high in the zone before shooting (video below), but perhaps the most positive sign was that he took passes along the wall and moved laterally along the blue line before taking shots from the point.

Seidenberg wasn’t moving as quickly as he moved laterally, but the fact that he was doing it all should be taken as a good sign.

The Bruins initially ruled Seidenberg out for the season after he suffered the ACL/MCL tear on Dec. 27, but he is ahead in his recovery. Though the team won’t say they expect him back late in the playoffs, they also aren’t ruling him out.

‘€œWe’€™re not counting on Dennis to be back,’€ Peter Chiarelli said Monday. ‘€œWe’€™re going to be very cautious with his injury. He has been skating and that’€™s pretty much all I can say on it.’€

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DJ Bean
Shawn Thornton joined the show to preview the upcoming series against the Red Wings.

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Zdeno Chara is coming off a Norris-worthy regular season. (AP)The Red Wings will be a pretty tough matchup for the Bruins, but the Bruins are a nightmare matchup for anyone. 

The first round of the playoffs matches the Bruins against a Detroit team that handled them in the regular season (the Red Wings won three of the four games, including a 6-1 drubbing at Joe Louis Arena on Nov. 27), and is getting healthier than it was for much of the season. 



Dennis Seidenberg skated Monday at TD Garden as he remains ahead of schedule in his recovery from ACL and MCL surgery, but Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli cautioned against expecting Seidenberg to return at some point during the playoffs.

The B’s have not ruled out a postseason return for Seidenberg, however, after initially declaring him out for the season at the time of his injury in late December.

Dennis Seidenberg skated Monday at TD Garden as he remains ahead of schedule in his recovery from ACL and MCL surgery, but Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli cautioned against expecting Seidenberg to return at some point during the playoffs.

The B’s have not ruled out a postseason return for Seidenberg, however, after initially declaring him out for the season at the time of his injury in late December.

“We’re not counting on Dennis to be back,” Chiarelli said Monday. “We’re going to be very cautious with his injury. He has been skating and that’s pretty much all I can say on it.”

Adam McQuaid also skated Monday in his comeback from a quad strain that limited to 30 games this season. Multiple setbacks in his recovery led to the team shutting him down for about a month in early March. Chiarelli said there isn’t much clarity on his situation.

“Not really, no,” Chiarelli said. “‘€¦ We want to be careful on it. It’s not a major injury; it’s a soft tissue injury. We’ve been doing OK with the D we have, so we want to be cautious with it.”

Given the emergence of Kevan Miller, it’s unlikely a healthy McQuaid would be needed unless a right-shot defenseman struggles or is injured.

Daniel Paille left Saturday’s game with what appeared to be a head injury, but Claude Julien told reporters Sunday that Paille was feeling “much better” and was day-to-day. Chiarelli said following his updates on Seidenberg and McQuaid that he hadn’t intended to give injury updates (common practice in the postseason) and as such did not offer an update on Paille’s status.

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DJ Bean