Stanley Cup notes: Bruins' Bergeron 'optimistic' for Game 5

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Auston Matthews William Nylander , The Canadian Press

They have battled through tons of injuries and were able to finish 2nd in the Eastern Conference.

Jake Gardiner is taking responsibility for his role in Boston's game-winning goal Thursday night. Their chances appeared to increase with the news Patrice Bergeron would sit out with an upper-body injury. "But I think the three games was definitely a little harsh", Kadri said of the league's ruling, according to TSN's Kristen Shilton. The one important thing to note for the Bruins is that all-star centre, Patrice Bergeron will likely be back in the lineup tonight. He was replaced on the top line between Marchand and Pastrnak by Riley Nash, who finished with one shot on goal in 19:10 minutes of playing time.

There was a positive out of all of this as Tommy Wingels made his return to the ice. "I think it's been something I've been doing the whole year". Even with 3 players back on defense, Toronto was able to enter the Bruins zone cleanly. The 35-year-old has looked more effective since getting bumped up to the second line with Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau. Travis Dermott turned the puck over, leading to a Jake DeBrusk goal to give Boston their insurance goal. The B's were 11-5-2 in the 18 regular-season games Bergeron missed, including a 9-2-2 run while Bergeron's broken foot healed from February 27-March 23.

Frederik Andersen (30.3 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Toronto. With over 15 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey, 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.

The Bruins and Maple Leafs play Saturday with an 8 p.m. puck drop at TD Garden. All other series now stand 2-1 at press time (Wednesday).

Despite the loss, the Bruins put forth a decent attack, especially in the final frame when they had several chances to get right back into the game, but Andersen was the deciding factor on each and every opportunity.

The Tuukka haters are having a rough week.

Snatching up the win in game-four was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 31 of the 32 shots that he faced in the game to improve to 3-1 with a 2.28 GAA and a.928 save percentage in the series and 33-24 with a 2.13 GAA and a.928 save percentage in the playoffs in his career.

In this series, Bergeron has been pivotal to the Bruins' success.

The Maple Leafs will be in full desperation mode Saturday night, eager to extend their season at least one more game.

Facing elimination, the Maple Leafs are doing their best to stay positive ahead of a do-or-die game on Saturday, and Auston Matthews admitted that his line needs to be better in order to keep the series alive. "Hopefully they don't overthink it, just go out and play and play the we need to need to play and to have success".

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