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Bruins Gameday Report: Bergeron Skates and Moore Officially In For B’s In Game 3

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After taking a maintenance day Friday and missing practice at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron skated during the Bruins’ optional skate Saturday in advance of Game 3 (8 PM ET, NBCSN). However, as shown in an Instagram post from Joe Haggerty of NBCSportsBoston, Bergeron still looked like he was laboring throughout the skate.

 

Injured or not, the Bruins alternate captain and his mates are ready for another big challenge on the road and are ready to match the physicality of the Blues as they did with the Blue Jackets in round 2 which they won in six games.

“I think we’ve been through that before, especially against Columbus,” he told the media Saturday. “It doesn’t really bother us. We need to be more in control and execute the way we want to execute on plays.”

With defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (undisclosed) back in Boston, John Moore was officially added to the lineup by head coach Bruce Cassidy Saturday and will skate alongside rookie Connor Clifton. On Friday, Moore expressed sympathy for Grzelcyk but was excited to be the ‘next man up’ for the Bruins in Game 3.

“I really wish that Grizz was still here and I wasn’t even talking to you guys,” Moore told reporters. “It’s terrible to see a teammate go down like that…this is why you train, why you prepare, why you take care of yourself. When you’re called upon, it’s time to do your job. That’s kind of the mentality we’ve had all year – next man up. Now it’s my turn, I’m ready to go!”

In five games this playoff season, Moore hasn’t registered a point and is a minus 5. He had nine assists and 13 points in 61 regular season games after signing a five-year deal worth $13.7 million with the Bruins last July 1.

Gagne-Bergeron Pro-Am

Here’s what the Bruins lineup will look like when they take the ice at a rocking Enterprise Center Saturday night:

 

Marchand – Kuhlman – Pastrnak
DeBrusk – Krejci – Backes
Johansson – Coyle – Heinen
Nordstrom – Kuraly – Acciari

Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Moore – Clifton
Vaakanainen – Kampfer

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With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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