Chris Kelly unloaded a slap shot from the left circle that beat Braden Holtby just 1:18 into the first overtime to give the Bruins a 1-0 win over the Capitals Thursday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at TD Garden. Tim Thomas stopped all 17 shots for the shutout. Game 2 will be Saturday afternoon, again in Boston.

Bruins coach Claude Julien would only say he "hopes" defenseman Johnny Boychuk will be in the lineup Thursday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Capitals.

Based on this week, it would appear that Boychuk should be ready to return after missing the last two games of the regular season with a sprained knee. He participated in Thursday's morning skate, marking the fourth straight day he's been on the ice with the team. In practices and line drills, Boychuk has played on the second pairing with Andrew Ference.

WILMINGTON -- On the day that the Bruins announced Nathan Horton would miss the postseason with a concussion, Marc Savard took to twitter to express his thoughts on the news, which hit close to him given his history of concussions. Savard wrote the following:

"I feel so bad for my boy Horty. Although I believe both parties are making the right decision. He's too young."

WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid missed practice for the third straight day Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena. After the skate, B's coach Claude Julien announced that McQuaid, who is dealing with an upper-body injury, will not be in the lineup for Game 1 against the Capitals Thursday. 

Johnny Boychuk and Tuukka Rask practiced for the B's once again, with Julien saying the team will make a decision on Boychuk's status Thursday. Without McQuaid, the defense pairings were as follows, with Mike Mottau serving as the extra blueliner:

WILMINGTON -- The Bruins announced Wednesday that right wing Nathan Horton will miss the 2012 postseason. The news comes as no major shock, as Horton has been out since late January with his latest concussion. 

Horton suffered a concussion on Jan. 22 against the Flyers, his second concussion in less than seven months. He had previously been knocked out of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals after a hit from Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome left him concussed in Game 3. 

Last season, the Bruins played three seven-game series en route to winning the Stanley Cup, and the first one came in the opening round against the Canadiens. 

They won the Cup, but the B’s literally came a bounce away from being knocked out in the first round. 



WILMINGTON -- Adam McQuaid was once again absent from Bruins practice on Tuesday as he continues to deal with what the team is calling an upper-body injury. 

Things got testy between coach Claude Julien and the media Monday regarding the defenseman's status and what the identity of the injury, and on Tuesday Julien addressed injuries prior to taking questions. 

"Guys, before we get going," Julien said, "Injury update: It's the same as yesterday. Nothing's changed, and that's where we are."

Zdeno Chara is expected to have his giant hands full over the next couple of weeks as he is charged with neutralizing one of the most electrifying scorers in the NHL



WILMINGTON -- Adam McQuaid did not participate in Monday's practice at Ristuccia Arena, the only notable absence for the B's as they prepare for the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. 

McQuaid went into the end boards head-first in the Bruins' March 29 game against the Capitals, with the Bruins defenseman cutting his eye, which led to swelling. He tried to return last Thursday against the Senators while wearing a visor, but left the game in the second period. 

The NHL released the schedule for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Sunday. The Bruins' schedule series against the No. 7 Capitals is as follows: 

Game 1 @ Boston: Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.

Game 2 @ Boston: Saturday, April 14, 3 p.m.

Game 3 @ Washington: Monday, April 16, 7: 30 p.m.

Game 4 @ Washington: Thursday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.

*Game 5 @ Boston: Saturday, April 21, 3 p.m.

*Game 6 @ Washington: Sunday, April 22, time TBD

*Game 7 @ Boston: Wednesday, April 25, time TBD 

* If necessary