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.
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