Bergeron back skating for Bruins

Bergeron back skating for Bruins”

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.

Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron - the heart of a ferocious top line that did nearly anything it wanted in 5-1 and 7-3 victories in Boston - was a late and surprising scratch for Game 4 with an upper-body injury two days after the Leafs won 4-2 at a thunderous Air Canada Centre to get back in the 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.

Boston captain Zdeno Chara and Toronto's Auston Matthews traded goals later in the second period to make it 3-2 Leafs after 40 minutes.

But if Bergeron misses a second straight game, the Bruins are unlikely to adjust their lineup.

Nash took Bergeron's spot up the middle on the top line alongside David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand on Thursday and did enough to make the Bruins forget that their four-time Selke Trophy victor was a late scratch from the lineup. Noel Acciari, who subbed for Nash while he was injured, moved back to center the fourth line, with Tommy Wingels returning at right wing after sitting out Games 2-3. "We're going to need our best effort".

When the Maple Leafs attempt to stave off elimination on Saturday in Boston, they'll do so with forward Nazem Kadri back in their lineup.

Marchand snapped a 1-1 tie with 3:05 left in the second period after the Bruins were whistled for icing.

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The Presidents' Trophy-winning Bruins lost Games 6 and 7 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Second Round to the Montreal Canadiens, a disappointing end after a triumphant regular season.

Playing run-and-gun or wide-open hockey is not something that works in the playoffs or that a responsible defensive team like Boston will allow to occur, so the only hope that Toronto has in the series is to beat the Bruins at their own game and get their best players to play better.

Of course, the Leafs rallied from that mistake, eventually forcing Game 7.

When the Maple Leafs' Andreas Johnsson went down with an injury in the third period, the officials didn't blow the play dead until just before the Bruins entered the attacking zone.

"That being said, we have done some pre-scouts, watched some film and hopefully that will come a little smoother in the next game".

"He played a phenomenal game", forward Brad Marchand said after Game 4. Plekanec had three assists in 20 combined regular-season and playoff games with Toronto before Thursday. "It sounds simple, but I think that's what we've been able to accomplish for most of the year". "Kap and Johnny are good players". The veteran pivot scored Toronto's only goal on Thursday. The Bruins are in the lead of 2-0 while the Leafs are 0-2. He had five points in the first two games of the series. "I've said that all along".

Washington coach Barry Trotz said his team is accustomed to managing overtime games and then coming back.

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