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Bruins leave Johnny Boychuk, Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas and Patrice Bergeron back in Boston

WILMINGTON – Tim Thomas [1], Patrice Bergeron [2] and Zdeno Chara [3] all stayed out on the ice for extra work after Wednesday’s practice, and all three players will join Johnny Boychuk [4] 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 [5] in the third period with a leg injury, but Claude Julien [6] offered no update on the status of the defenseman aside from the fact that he won’t be making the trip.

Thursday’s game will be the first this season in which Bergeron has not played, and it will leave Chris Kelly [7] as the only Bruin to play in each contest. It will be Thomas’ second straight scratch as the team aims to keep the reigning Conn Smythe winner fresh for the playoffs.