The Bruins are “visiting” the Carolina Pancakes again tonight, for game 4 of the playoff series
Welcome to the actual playoffs.
The first game was delayed first by COVID and again by a
quadruple-overtime QUINTUPLE-OVERTIME game on the same ice between the Bolts & the Blue Jackets, so the game naturally had to go to double overtime before the Bruins would pop in the winning goal.
WOOO-HOOO!!!! A playoff win!
Then in the 2nd game of the — now a back-to-back — forward David Pastrnak was listed as “unfit to play”, and was sitting in the stands with a COVID mask. It is likely he pulled an abdominal muscle. This pulled Karson Kuhlman into the lineup, and flipped Anders Bjork into the top line and David Krejci onto the first powerplay unit. The latter worked out ok, with Krejci scoring on the power play.
Unfortunately, the Bruins could not maintain the lead, going down by 1. They got pinned in the defensive zone for much of the 2nd half of the game, and lost, 2-3.
Then Tuukka Rask opted out of the playoff bubble, leaving the team in the lurch! Nevertheless, the Bruins (with Jaro Halak in net and Dan Vladar on bench door duty) were the stronger team in game 3
The Bruins lead the series, 2-1.
What will be the lines today?
David Pastrnak was skating but he will still be out, so the lineup should be the same as game three.
Jeremy Lauzon sat out last game, allowing the more cautious Connor Clifton into the D, which makes sense with the ‘canes trying to bait the Bruins into penalties.
Anders Bjork, who garnered a whopping 3 trips to the sin bin on Saturday, is still expected to grace the Marchand-Bergeron line.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#41 Jaroslav Halak||(#81 Dan Vladar)|
Carolina Hurricanes lines – Andrei Svechnikov got dumped awkwardly onto the ice during game 3 after some pushing & shoving with Zdeno Chara. (Honestly, it was borderline slewfooty). He and Joel Edmundson are both listed as unfit to play.
H/T SARA CIV
Jordan Martinook — Sebastian Aho — Teuvo Teravainen
Ryan Dzingel — Vincent Trochek — Justin Williams
Warren Foegele — Jordan Staal — Brock McGinn
Nino Niederiter — Morgan Geekie — Martin Nekas
Jaccob Slavin — Dougie Hamilton
Brady Skjei — Sami Vatanen
Hayden Fleury — Jake Gardiner