Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron Back on the Ice, Questionable for Game 5

May JohnsonApr 21, 2018

After missing a crucial chunk of the Maple Leafs' series against the Boston Bruins, Nazem Kadri is ready to turn the page on his three-game suspension. It was Hammond's first playoff appearance in three years.

Schneider, who seemed to hurt his groin in a collision with Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh midway through the final period, survived a late power play to nail down the win and pul;l the Devils to 2-1 in the best-of-seven first-round series.

A 3-1 win in Toronto last night leaves the Boston Bruins one victory away from advancing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"We'll have a pregame skate, so if he comes in tomorrow and he's up to it, he'll go out on the ice", Cassidy said. "We didn't take advantage".

The Boston Bruins won Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 last night and did so without arguably their best player.

David Pastrnak tallied two assists in front of the crowd of 19,600 at the Air Canada Centre arena in Toronto.

Tomas Plekanec scored the lone goal for the Leafs, who got 18 saves from Frederik Andersen.

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The Leafs had a number of chances earlier in the period to go ahead, including Mitch Marner's breakaway off a stretch pass from Morgan Rielly that Rask turned aside with the blocker, but were unable to get one by Rask. "Now it's do or die".

This performance was even more impressive considering Patrice Bergeron (upper body) was a late scratch, though two-thirds of Boston's usual top line is still better than what most teams boast at the top of their depth charts. Riley Nash is expected to take his spot on that line while Tommy Wingels will draw into the lineup with Bergeron out.

"It doesn't matter (if Bergeron's out)", Marchand said. The Bruins are 3-0 in these playoffs when scoring first ... The veteran's ability to find open teammates when Toronto crashed on him was critical in the early going of this series, and the Bruins will need others to fill the void while he is out.

"He's been our backbone", said defenseman Adam McQuaid, who is in his ninth season with the Bruins and has seen all of Rask's National Hockey League ups and downs. As Toronto pressure for the tying goal, David Krejci blocked a shot and sprung a 2-on-1 break with DeBrusk. Babcock said he's not sure yet how the lines will shake out on the Toronto end for Game 5. When guys are skating, the closer they are to playing.

With their backs against the wall, the Leafs will need to win three straight games in order to see the second round. "I've said that all along".

Rask made 31 saves and stopped all 20 shots he saw in the second and third periods.

Asked how concerned he is that Matthews, who scored the victor Monday, has been mostly invisible, Babcock said some of his youngsters are learning hard playoff lessons. "I thought the same with (William Nylander)". But as was the case during the regular season, the Bruins were automatic on defence with the lead. "The first thing is when you're a good player and you're used to having the puck all the time and you don't have it, how do you get it?"

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