TORONTO — Reinforcements may be on the way for the Bruins heading into Game 4 against the Maple Leafs Wednesday night.
Marcus Johansson (flu) practiced Tuesday for the first time since missing Game 2, while John Moore (upper-body) practiced with the group in full and looked like he was projected to return Wednesday night.
“Made it through practice and gave a little bit extra, so he’s obviously feeling better,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “It looks like he has some color again. But until he shows up tomorrow healthy he’ll be a gametime decision, but it’s encouraging at least that he’s working with the group.”
Sean Kuraly (broken hand) made an appearance late during practice, and though he didn’t don the red non-contact jersey, he is not ready to return.
“Kuraly will not go in,” Cassidy said. “He’s not ready to play yet. He’s still working on it. John Moore went through the whole practice wearing a normal-colored jersey. So it’s encouraging again. If he goes through tomorrow with no ill effects then he could be a gametime decision as well.”
Connor Clifton practiced, but was wearing red and isn’t ready to return yet, either.
Johansson worked on a line with Charlie Coyle and Danton Heinen during practice, with David Backes the odd man out. Cassidy wouldn’t commit to that staying the same on Wednesday, but it’s still a positive sign for Johansson to be ready to rejoin the group.
“I feel a lot better,” Johansson said. “I just got sick real bad. There’s not much you can do about it. . . . Just bad timing. It’s not a fun part of the year to get that, but I’m feeling better now. So I’m good to be here with the team and skate.”
LOOKING FOR MOORE
After a couple of rough defensive outings, Moore’s return would be the third blue-line change in four games.
He was paired with Matt Grzelcyk in practice. After watching the past three games, the hope is he might be able to bring something different.
“It’s difficult, especially being in a close series like this, to be removed from any possible contribution. It’s really tough to sit and watch,” Moore said. “But you try to be a good teammate and make sure that you’re bringing good energy around the guys and when you come into the rink, working hard and pushing guys.”
IN NEED OF ENERGY BOOST
Game 2 was an inspired effort after a weak Game 1, but the third game of the series ranked somewhere in the middle. The result is trailing in the series.
“You’ll face adversity, it’s just the way it is,” said Patrice Bergeron. “That’s what hockey is all about. You have to thrive on it. It’s one of those things where it’s one game. You try to make the adjustments that are necessary. I’m talking about as a team — and that’s what we did today.”
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Source:: Boston Herald