Bruins C Bergeron a game-time decision for Game 5

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21 April, 2018

The Bruins centre skated on his own Friday as the rest of the team rested, which head coach Bruce Cassidy called "positive".

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.

Bergeron was a last-minute scratch from the B's 3-1 Game 4 victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Thursday night with an upper-body injury. The Bruins won 3-1 in Toronto to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series.

The Black-and-Gold blocked 27 Maple Leaf shots Thursday night during their 3-1 victory, their highest such total in the series to date.

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. Riley Nash took his spot between Marchand and Pastrnak. "They're fast with the transition, catch you in between, so we were very mindful of that, tried to be cognizant of our line changes, where we put pucks on the forecheck, and limit their chances". The Leafs have some good news as Nazem Kadri will be back after missing the last three games due to suspension.

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) looks for the puck as Boston Bruins defenseman Nick Holden (44) and Toronto Maple Leafs centre Tyler Bozak (42) battle in front of his net during third period NHL round one playoff hockey action in Toronto on Monday, April 16, 2018.

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"(Winning three games in a row to win the series) would definitely make a good story.

Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk also had goals for the Bruins, who can win the Eastern Conference quarterfinal when they host Game 5 on Saturday at Boston's TD Garden. He's one of the best goalies in the world and he gives us an opportunity to win every night.

So now, as the Leafs try to avoid elimination with their top line of Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Zach Hyman spinning its wheels, Kadri has to make amends if they are to survive for Game 6. His desperation paddle save on David Pastrnak (4 goals, 5 assists) in the third period was one of the best that you'll ever see.

"We've played together for a while now, and (I) kind of know when he's thinking shot or pass", Marchand told NESN about his two-on-one play with Pastrnak. That game is over and we are on to today. In their three defeats Toronto has scored five goals after Tomas Plekanec lit the lamp at 7:43 of the first off of assists from Patrick Marleau and Mitch Marner. Rinne allowed four goals on 15 shots.

"I think the urgency is there for us tomorrow", Cassidy said. But his Boston Bruins teammates are so confident in themselves that they brush off his absence as if the notion they can't win without him is an insult.

"I was disappointed", he said of the suspension. 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.


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