Last night was quite an unusual sight for the Boston Bruins and their fan base, as the Lightning took a 2-1 series lead after Tampa Bay got two goals from forward Ondrej Palat in the first 3:19 of the game, and that was all they needed. The Bolts ended up wit a dominant 4-1 win against the Bruins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference second round last night, and we bet the Bruins and fans weren't expecting it.
Another thing the Bruins might not have been expecting is what took place at the team's practice on Thursday morning. The two Eastern clubs are only set to meet again for Game 4 on Friday night, in Boston again, but there better be an explanation for two important players missing from the team's skate this morning before then.
Many reporters and Bruins insiders have just reported that forwards Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk are missing from practice today. No additional details have been given on why both players are not on the ice.
The team also confirmed the news on their Twitter account.
DeBrusk and Marchand were both in the lineup last night for the contest against the Lightning. DeBrusk ended the game with 14 minutes and 40 seconds on ice-time, and a -1 rating. Marchand was as involved as he always is in the contest, ending with 21 minutes and 37 seconds of ice-time and three shots on goal. He also hit the headlines last night after he delivered quite the powerful old-school hip check on Lightning veteran defenseman Dan Girardi at the end of the first period, close to the teams' benches.
While Marchand show up and kept his act of pissing opponents off and getting under their skin, it did not stop the Bolts from winning the third game of the series. Before last night's contest, Tampa Bay was 6-31-4 with five ties in 46 regular-season games at TD Garden since it opened in 1995, including 0-2-0 this season, and 1-3 in four Stanley Cup Playoff games.
So this victory did make them feel better about themselves.
After the skate, head coach Bruce Cassidy explained that both players were on maintenance, however, his comments did not make it seem like it was a sure thing that they will be in the lineup tomorrow night. He even hinted at the fact that some modifications might have to be made in time for the game.
"“Assume they’ll be fine for tomorrow, but we will know more in the morning."