Bruins say Bergeron's status for Game 5 game-day decision

NHL Playoffs 2018 Thursday schedule, scores, updates, news, odds: Bruins steal Game 4 vs. Maple Leafs, Capitals pull even

The Boston Bruins at Air Canada Centre in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Bruins now have a 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven series.

"Then, to score at playoff time, you've got to be at the net". With an extra day off before Game 4 on Thursday (7, NESN), expect another entertaining tilt that could ultimately shift this matchup in a big way.

One positive for the Leafs up front is they should have centre Nazem Kadri back Saturday now that he's finished serving a three-game suspension for a dirty hit on Tommy Wingels in the opener.

"We just have to make sure that our neutral zone is tight, our forwards are guarding that red line pretty well and that our defense can have a tight gap", said Krug.

"I didn't see any guys dying out there", Columbus captain Nick Foligno said.

Kadri, speaking to reporters in Toronto on Friday for the first time since the suspension, said he delivered the risky hit because he felt Wingles was "taking liberties" with a previous hit on Marner. "I'm always going to stand up for my teammates, stand up for myself; that part isn't going to change".

"Was it worthy of a suspension?"

"I don't think you can guess and give someone a power play". Three defensemen (Adam McQuaid, Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller) have at least one block in all four playoff games. "I don't even think you can start talking about fatigue until you're in a couple of rounds from now". It could have been a lot worse.

"I'm assuming that (Matthews) thought he was going to come tonight and dominate the game".

Of course, the Leafs rallied from that mistake, eventually forcing Game 7. "He's going to be eager to get back in".

"You found your game as a Leaf, we need you to be that good". Just like he should have Miller took the passing lane away to prevent the one-timer and Rask just chose to give one of the best shooters in the game an entire open far side. Marchand continues to play at a level comparable to the best in the league.

The team canceled practice, but Bergeron was on the ice at the team's practice facility with a handful of players early and no decision was announced about Saturday.

"The last game, 90 percent of the time, is the hardest one", Cassidy said. "You have to be able to pick each other up". "We can be better, like I said". He will make us deeper and we're excited to have him back.

"Fortunately we got a good bounce to get that 2-on-1 and things like that can turn a game".

That's exactly what Kadri intends to bring.

Eventually, Mitch Marner would set up Tomas Plekanec to tie the game at one.

After Boston's opening strike, Toronto wrestled back control of the game.

The over has hit in three of Boston's last five outings. The Bruins have won only 43.7 per cent of faceoffs, but are outshooting the Leafs 32.8 to 30.5 on average ... "Everyone kind of gets mixed around a little bit when [Bergeron] goes out, because everyone kind of goes up a little bit, but I think we've been put in good situations with our [temporary] linemates".

"We talked about that here today", he said.

"I'll tell you right now, if we're worn out three games in, holy crap", he said.

"Obviously not a great finish", Kadri said.

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