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Patrice Bergeron expected to play in Game 5

Ty Anderson
April 21, 2018 - 12:40 pm

The Bruins miraculously survived their night without do-it-all center Patrice Bergeron in a 3-1 Game 4 victory, and have successfully set themselves up to deliver the knockout blow to the Maple Leafs in Saturday night’s Game 5 head-to-head at TD Garden.

And with Bergeron expected back in action, no less.

“He looked good this morning,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of Bergeron following a morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena. “Fine in pregame skate, so I anticipate he’ll play. We’ll make that decision after [the pregame] warm-up, but looking good.”

Dealing with an apparent upper-body injury, and unsuccessful in his attempts to talk his way into the Game 4 lineup, Bergeron himself remains ‘optimistic’ that he will return tonight. He did, however, note that it’s now about convincing the other side (coaches and doctors, you’d imagine) he’s good to go before he can jump back into the mix.

“Definitely not going to get into more details [of the injury],” Bergeron offered. “You guys have seen, I guess. Hopefully I’m back at it and we’ll see what happens.”

With Bergeron back on the ice, Riley Nash slotted back down to his third-line center spot between Danton Heinen and David Backes.

Bergeron has recorded five assists through three games this series (all on Boston ice), and his line as a whole has totaled 20 points in prior two home games in this series.

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