Bruins take 3-1 lead; Caps-Blue Jackets series tied 2-2

Florence Fletcher
April 21, 2018

While Cassidy did not have a definitive answer on Bergeron's availability for Game 5, he noted that if Bergeron can get back on the ice for pregame skate Saturday morning, it's another step in the right direction.

Pastrnak drew both defenseman Nikita Zaitsev and Andersen toward him and slipped the puck across ice to Marchand, who did not miss the wide-open net, giving the B's a 2-1 lead with 3:55 to go in the second. Or will Babcock opt to keep Plekanec up after his success in these last two games? I'm always going to stand up for my teammates, stand up for myself; that part isn't going to change.

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock certainly thought so, as the young, dynamic forwards were set to face a weakened bottom-six with Riley Nash moving up the Bruins' lineup and Toronto receiving the last change as the home team. Mitch Marner had a breakaway opportunity and Rask stonewalled him.

"I wasn't expecting (three games)", Kadri said Friday prior to the Leafs taking off for Boston.

"I was disappointed", he said of the suspension. I cannot remember the last time Rask made a huge game-changing save, or just a key save in a key moment. Wingels suited up for the first time since the hit.

"I think the urgency is there for us tomorrow", Cassidy said. "But I think the three games is definitely a little harsh". If my intent was there, there possibly could have been an injury. It could have been a lot worse. Game three is what everyone expected the whole series to be.

Trade deadline acquisition Tomas Plekanec filled in for Kadri on a line with Marner and Patrick Marleau during the last two contests in Toronto. Dominic Moore would come out.

"I actually asked him that, I asked him that same question", Babcock said.

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"You found your game as a Leaf, we need you to be that good". I think he's feeling good about himself. "Kap and Johnny are good players". He was back on the ice at the team's practice facility on an off-day. The line did not have any points in a 4-2 Game 3 loss Monday, when Bergeron played 21:44. "But the way I look at it is on a team, you've gotta be able to pick each other up".

Early on, Rask went behind the net to play the puck, but mishit the pass and was somehow able to recover in time to stop an early Leaf scoring chance. "We won't rule him out and won't rule him definitely in".

That's exactly what Kadri intends to bring.

Whatever the lines end up being, the Leafs are glad for the return of their top two-way centre who contributed 32 goals and 55 points during the regular season.

"It's exciting to get back in", Kadri said.

"It has been hard to watch knowing you could be out there trying to help and trying to make an impact". I can tell you pretty much, If he's cleared to play, he'll be in the lineup.

Bergeron had been a key element on the top line that dominated in the first two games of the series which the Bruins won 5-1 and 7-3.

"I've said that all along when guys are skating they are closer to playing and so we'll make that decision tomorrow on that". "As a game, as a league and as players, that's the stuff we don't want in our game". In Game 4, Boston funnelled the Leafs back into the grinding, stationary cycle game, which isn't their forte to say the least.

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