This weekend was chock full of manatee games. Even though the Bruins have clinched a playoff spot for nearly two weeks now, every game is still big when trying to determine first or second in the Atlantic.
Saturday’s game was a blow out of the Florida Panthers 5-1 in only the second matchup of the two Flortheast teams. Jake DeBrusk returned to his spot on the second line and brought his scoring touch: two goals and an assist.
Unfortunately, that game also saw a significant injuries to both Riley Nash and Brandon Carlo. Riley Nash got caught in the friendly fire of a Torey Krug snapshot, requiring 40 stitches inside and outside his ear.
I’m not going to pull up footage of the Carlo incident but he did a nasty twist and fall after getting his skate caught. Joe MacDonald of the Boston Sports Journal has a source telling him that it’s a fractured left fibula but the Bruins are being guarded with an update on the second year defenseman.
#NHLBruins injury updates from Bruce Cassidy:
Carlo: Out, lots of swelling, no definitive answers on extent of the injury
Riley Nash: Out, received 40+ stitches to ear/head. Could join team in Florida
Chara: Will return today against PHI
McAvoy: Out, possible for Tuesday pic.twitter.com/8hQRjsOwbc
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 1, 2018
Thankfully, on Easter in Philadelphia, Chara is risen!
This manatee game involved a comeback with goals scored by the usual suspects: Acciari (9), Pasta (32), and Bergeron (30). Wait, Acciari? Yep, he started it off. Bergy finished the comeback with seconds to go in the third to force overtime. This was remarkable since the team looked tired and disorganized for most of the first two periods, cleaning up their act late in the second and for the third.
THERE'S NO QUIT IN THIS TEAM!!! pic.twitter.com/79zvvM9P93
— Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) April 1, 2018
The victory was not to be: Claude Giroux scored to win it for Philly (they don’t deserve nice things) and to make sure the B’s only got one point instead of two.
Thankfully, the Nashville Predators handed a 4-1 defeat to the Lightning last night making the Boston lead on TBL a full 2 points with a game in hand.