Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy isn't ready to clarify the status of Patrice Bergeron going into Friday night's clash with the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 of their opening round playoff series at TD Garden.
Auston Matthews got the go-ahead goal in the second period, Patrick Marleau scored twice, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday night in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Early in Boston's 4-2 loss in Game 3 to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre, Bruins foward Riley Nash was handed a delay of game penalty for clearing the puck over the glass from inside his zone.
"I think we're going to prepare ourselves as good as we can and go for the win, obviously", Rask said after the Bruins' 3-1 win in Game 4 in Toronto on Thursday.
Kadri must be impactful for the Leafs, down 3-1 in the best of seven, while shedding any rust that may have accumulated during the past week when his Toronto teammates and the Bruins battled. Whether or not Bergeron (upper body injury) can return to the Bruins' lineup might not be known until the pre-game skate. The 27-year-old defenceman tried to keep the puck in at the point, but an Adam McQuaid clearance got by him springing David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand on a two-on-one rush.
"We just need to stay with it".
Once again the Leafs will be without Nazim Kadri again as he serves his three-game suspension.
Toronto ended up winning the game, 4-2. After Rask saved the initial shot, Tomas Plekanec found a soft spot in the slot between Krug and Pastrnak fired a one-timer past Rask to tie the game at 1.
"Certainly not the difference in the game, but you don't want to play from behind", said Cassidy. Pastrnak moved in on a 2-on-1 with Marchand, faking a shot to draw the overaggressive Nikita Zaitsev to him before feeding his linemate with a slick pass for a wide-open net. Throughout the year the Bruins got great production from their younger players. With this game lasting about 100 minutes, the Knights took away game 2 from the Kings resulting in a 2-1 marathon.
Rookie Jake DeBrusk added insurance with a third period goal. "I thought Pasta was going to get it in and I was just going to hold and let them change and then get over there". "We're just starting. It was a long game last night and we've had some overtime games, but that's all part of it".
"I didn't see any guys dying out there", Columbus captain Nick Foligno said. Did it cause the Leafs to sit back and think, "We've got this", instead of reproducing the desperation they displayed in Game 3? He has five assists in three games so far this year during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. If that doesn't bounce in, they get possession, they recover with puck retrieval and off their wingers go so we need a forward to cover for Kevan down there or we have to replace on time.
Some drama escalated on the rink when Flyers player Radko Gudas did his best to push some buttons for Penguins player, Sidney Crosby. Babcock said he's not sure yet how the lines will shake out on the Toronto end for Game 5.