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Torey Krug, Austin Czarnik rejoin Bruins for practice

Ty Anderson
October 07, 2017 - 4:08 pm

Reinforcements appear to be on the way for the injury-riddled Bruins, as forward Austin Czarnik and defenseman Torey Krug were back on the ice for Saturday’s practice.

Ditching the red no-contact jersey, Krug was a full participant in practice, and appears the closest he’s been in his recovery from a nondisplaced jaw fracture suffered when he was drilled in the face with a puck in a Sept. 19 preseason tilt against the Red Wings.

Contact remains the biggest issue for Krug, he admits, too, as his conditioning hasn’t skipped a beat thanks to the nature of his injury, which only really affected his face.

“This is one of those [injuries] that you can [skate through],” Krug, who is still not eating solid foods, admitted. “And lucky enough with the skating coach here, obviously the gym that we have here, I was able to stay in shape and keep that conditioning level up.

"Just about getting timing back and getting some courage in the corners to get hit again and things like that,” Krug added. “Shouldn't be an issue once I get up to speed.”

As for Czarnik, it’s really as simple as just getting some the strength and condition back after a ‘tough’ virus kept him out of the final week of camp and Thursday’s opener.

“Feeling better,” Czarnik said. “As for Monday, we don't know yet.”

Centering what would be a de facto fourth line with Matt Beleskey and Frank Vatrano on his wings should he get the call to play against the Avalanche on Monday, the 24-year-old Czarnik approached practice as a mere warm-up for what’s to come.

"I'm just trying to get better every single day,” said Czarnik. “I thought today was really good, skated the last two days and felt all right, but today was the best day so far. Definitely getting stronger out there and getting my health back. I'm excited for it.”

The 5-foot-9 center had five goals and 13 points in 49 games for the B’s last season.

Patrice Bergeron, who missed Thursday’s opener with a lower-body injury, also skated, but did so before the start of practice, taking a solo twirl on the Warrior Ice Arena sheet.

"The more times he misses practice, the more doubtful it looks [for him to play],” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of Bergeron. “But we'll see how he is [Sunday]."

Sunday will be their only chance to see how these guys respond before Monday, too, as a matinee obviously robs the B's of a morning skate. 

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