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Connolly back skating for Bruins
March 17, 2015, 4:15 pm
BOSTON – The timeline hasn’t changed for Brett Connolly to return pretty much at the end of the regular season.
But the Bruins right winger was spotted on the TD Garden ice skating early Tuesday morning, and Claude Julien said it’s the second day the big right winger has taken the ice since fracturing his right index finger.
“Yesterday he skated -- just skates on -- for 20 minutes. Nothing, no sticks no drills just went out there and skated,” said Julien.
Connolly was skating on his own with B’s strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides about an hour prior to the team’s morning skate.
Since the 23-year-old Connolly needed a plate surgically inserted into his injured right hand to stabilize the fractured finger, he was kept off the ice to avoid any potential infections following the procedure. Now he’s sufficiently healed enough to start skating again, and Connolly will work toward trying to get into a game for the Bruins prior to the playoffs.
That would be the right winger’s long awaited Bruins debut after he suffered the finger injury while getting hit with a Dennis Seidenberg shot in only his second day of practice with the team. It may be a long shot, but that was his goal when speaking with the media in the days following the surgery to fix up the finger.