On Saturday, the Boston Bruins played much better than they had on Thursday nights game against the same opponent, the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was good to see especially since they’ve been a chore to watch lately. The game was not a pretty one but they managed to come from behind and outscore the Pens 7-5 with Brad Marchand leading the charge with a hat trick.
🎥 #NHLBruins Brad Marchand speaks to media after notching a hat trick during Saturday’s matinee: “Once we got the lead we didn’t step back, we kept playing and the goals we scored late ended up being big for us.” pic.twitter.com/M7h6Kfmp76
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 3, 2021
Prior to the game, Bruce Cassidy gave some updates on players. Brandon Carlo is back to a week-to-week status with his upper body injury. The good news is that it isn’t the same UBI as before (concussion) and was described as being “upper body, below the neck”. It’s great to hear it’s not his head.
Cassidy: Brandon Carlo’s injury is a new injury.
“Upper-body – below the neck.”
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) April 3, 2021
Tuukka Rask remains out with his back injury, one which is turning out to be a little more worrisome than anyone would hope. Apparently, it isn’t responded well to treatment, which makes one wonder if Tuukka will remain out for the remainder of the season. Not saying he will, but back injuries are tough to manage.
Tuukka Rask’s status unclear after goalie fails to respond to treatment for upper-body injury https://t.co/BAlb3mxtcw
— Boston Globe Sports (@BGlobeSports) April 3, 2021
On Sunday, Jake DeBrusk was finally taken off the Covid list. At this time, the B’s are Covid-free. It took about one week of conditioning for Sean Kuraly to slot back into the lineup, so Jake probably has a couple of days of skating before he’ll appear in a game.
Bruins are COVID-free. Jake DeBrusk, who last played March 18, is off the list.
Would imagine he would not play tomorrow, but you never know.
— Matt Porter (@mattyports) April 4, 2021
Tonight, the Bruins take on one of their favorite foes, the Philadelphia Flyers in the first part of a home-and-home. On Tuesday night, they’ll be in Philly. This week is the finale for this season series with games tonight, Tuesday, and an oddly-timed huge manatee game at 2pm on Saturday again in the
City of Batteries Thrown at Santa City of Brotherly Love.
Don’t get too excited: the only other matchup this week (Thursday and again on Sunday) is against the Washington Capitals.