Morning Free Association: April 17

Saturday’s game ended in disappointing fashion with the Bruins losing in overtime. This loss was especially frustrating after an exciting second period with an even-strength goal by Drew Stafford, a short-handed goal by Tim Schaller on a misplayed puck by Craig Anderson, and a power play goal by Patrice Bergeron.

Tonight’s game is back in Boston on home ice David Backes is one Bruin who is looking forward to seeing what the hometown crowd will bring.

Injuries have made the biggest impact in game play and Saturday was no exception: defenseman Adam McQuaid went down late in the first period with an upper body injury and never returned. He like Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo, David Krejci, and Colin Miller remain day-to-day. Both Carlo and Chiller were skating on Sunday; Carlo is listed as doubtful for game 3.

One player who looks to figure into the lineup on Monday night is third/ fourth liner Noel Acciari. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy thinks he’s ready for action but will have to make a decision on him.

“Noel was playing good hockey when he got hurt,” said Cassidy. “There’s a good chance he’ll draw back into the lineup. But, again, those are all things we’ll sort through in the morning.”

“It’s mostly the back end that is a little more congested back there,” added Cassidy. “We’ll see how everyone shows up [Monday] and who can take morning skate. If they get through morning skate, we’ll go from there.”

Admittedly, we need more on the top two lines rather than the bottom ones.

On the defensive situation, Cassidy isn’t sure. If none of the defensemen are ready to go, the team will turn to Providence. Kevan Miller has this to say about the mentality of the defensive players:

“It’s just kind of rotating,” said Kevan Miller, who played over 27 minutes in Game 2. “You’ve got lefties ending up on the right, righties ending up on the left, guys playing with everybody. We just kind of rotate. We’ve been successful with it. It’s a product of the system and we’re able to fall back on that.

Make it work

It’s the playoffs and everybody needs to rise to the occasion or go home.

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