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Bruins give encouraging Jake DeBrusk, Torey Krug injury updates ahead of Game 3

Bruins give encouraging Jake DeBrusk, Torey Krug injury updates ahead of Game 3

The Boston Bruins won Game 2 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden, but the 4-1 victory came at a price.

The B's had multiple players get banged up and/or leave the game early due to the physicality of the action.

Bruins defenseman Torey Krug left in the second period and did not return after taking a hard hit along the boards. B's forward Jake DeBrusk also was shaken up after Leafs forward Nazem Kadri cross-checked him in the head during the third period. Kadri is facing a lengthy suspension and was offered an in-person disciplinary hearing from the NHL. 

B's coach Bruce Cassidy provided an encouraging update Sunday on the statuses of Krug and DeBrusk, noting both players will travel with the team to Toronto for Monday night's Game 3 at Scotiabank Arena.

Defenseman Jakub Zboril also was recalled from the AHL's Providence Bruins.

The Bruins did not practice Sunday, so we'll have to wait until Monday's morning skate to see how Cassidy plans to mix up his forward lines and defense pairings amid all the injuries.

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Hurricanes' response to NHL fining Rod Brind'Amour is pretty clever

Hurricanes' response to NHL fining Rod Brind'Amour is pretty clever

The NHL didn't take kindly to Rod Brind'Amour's press conference blowup Wednesday, but at least his team still has his back.

The Hurricanes head coach was fined $25,000 for calling the league "a joke" in reaction to a controversial ruling in Carolina's Game 1 loss to the Boston Bruins.

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The Hurricanes don't appear to bothered by Brind'Amour calling out the league, though. In fact, the team's social media account suggested it would pick up Brind'Amour's tab Thursday in a rather clever defense of its head coach.

A couple details to note: The 'Canes referenced Ben Franklin's famous "fast pay makes fast friends" quote, a tongue-in-cheek ploy to get back in the NHL's good graces.

The best part: The total payment includes an extra $17 -- 17 being the number Brind'Amour wore during his 10-season playing career in Carolina.

Even if you're a Bruins fan, you have to admit that's pretty well-executed.

Meanwhile, Brind'Amour appeared to have learned his lesson, insisting he's "moving on" in a Zoom call with reporters Thursday ahead of Game 2 of the teams' Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. ET on Thursday -- assuming the Lightning and Blue Jackets don't play five more overtimes.

Bruins vs. Hurricanes live stream: Watch Game 2 of NHL playoff game online

Bruins vs. Hurricanes live stream: Watch Game 2 of NHL playoff game online

What a difference 24 hours (and change) makes. 

On Wednesday morning, the Bruins were limping into their first-round playoff series against the Hurricanes. The NHL's top team for most of the regular season, the B's had lost four straight games in the Toronto bubble and hadn't led for even a second over that stretch.

But then Boston carried play for most of Game 1 and finally beat Carolina on Patrice Bergeron's goal just 73 seconds into double overtime. Now the Bruins have the opportunity to nab a 2-0 series lead and take control of the series with a victory in Game 2 Thursday night.

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The quick turnaround — especially after playing 80-plus minutes — could be a factor, though Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy appears to be sticking with Tuukka Rask, who faced just 28 shots in Game 1. 

"How is Tuukka feeling coming out of the game? He felt fine. Was there a lot of wear and tear to the point where recovery would take more than 24 or 48 hours? I don’t think so," Cassidy said Thursday. "We were pretty clean in front of him without a lot of demanding stretches. Still, it was four periods of hockey and he needs to be on his toes the whole game."

The Hurricanes have their own lineup decisions to make, but Rod Brind'Amour — who was fined $25,000 for blasting the refs following a controversial goal in Game 1 — wasn't tipping his hand, saying that the team has a number of game-time decisions, including Justin Williams and Sami Vatanen, neither of whom played in Game 1.

Here's how to watch Game 2 of the Bruins vs. Hurricanes series online. Also, NBC Sports Boston will break down Game 2 immediately after the game on Postgame Live with Michael Felger, Joe Haggerty and Olympic gold medalist A.J. Mlezcko.

When: Thursday, August 13 at 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: NBC Sports