The sun was shining this morning, especially for the Boston Bruins and their fans as one important player was back on the ice with his teammates for the morning skate ahead of Game 5 of the first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs that will take place later tonight. Veteran forward Patrice Bergeron missed the fourth contest of the series due to an undisclosed injury. The Bruins still managed to win the game as the Maple Leafs are on the brink of elimination heading into tonight's contest.
This morning, Bergeron was all smiles when he stepped on the ice with his teammates. As the Bruins practiced, the lineup was made clearer and clearer for Game 5:
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
DeBrusk – Krejci – Rick Nash
Heinen – Riley Nash – Backes
Schaller – Kuraly – Acciari
Chara – McAvoy
Krug – McQuaid
Grzelcyk – Miller
While it was a good sign that the Bruins would be able to count on the services of Bergeron for tonight's contest, the fans had to patiently wait for the report of head coach Bruce Cassidy, who finally met with media following the morning skate. Fortunately for the Boston fan base, he kept the good news rolling with his statement on one of his best players:
"He looked good this morning, I anticipate he’ll play. We’ll make final decision after warmup. Looking good.”
The 32-year-old has five assists so far through three games this post-season.
Game 5 is set for Saturday in Boston. On Wednesday, the NHL has officially announced a start time for Saturday’s Game 5 between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, this according to a report from Boston sports columnist Mike Petraglia. The NHL announced that Game 5 for the Bruins against the Maple Leafs was set for 8 p.m. Saturday night at TD Garden. Originally, it was thought that the teams would play at 7pm.
On Thursday evening, Toronto could have taken the opportunity that the Bruins were without star forward Patrice Bergeron for the contest, but they fell short, which frustrated the Leafs head coach.
"We were set up pretty good," Leafs head coach Mike Babcock lamented to the media after the loss. "We didn’t take advantage. That’s on us."
Now with Boston taking the lead 3-1 in the series following a 3-1 victory on Thursday, Leafs forward Nazem Kadri will also be returning as he finished serving his three-game suspension. He is surely hoping his return won't be short-lived and he will get to play more than just one game with his club.