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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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Breakfast Podcast, April 22, 2019: Bruins gear up for Game 7 vs the Leafs

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Breakfast Podcast, April 22, 2019: Bruins gear up for Game 7 vs the Leafs

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01:40:11: Marc Bertrand, Trenni Kusnierek, and Gary Tanguay make their Game 7 predictions as the Bruins look to close the series against the Leafs, and discuss which team has more to lose. We also hear Bergeron’s postgame thoughts after Game 6 win.

08:55:11: The Red Sox begin to turn things around after Rays sweep this weekend, but Nathan Eovaldi will now undergo surgery. Merloni, Kusnierek and Tanguay discuss how his role will change upon his return. 

11:33:15 Celtics sweep the Pacers over the weekend, Tom Giles, Chris Forsberg and Danielle Trotta discuss their potential in the next round, and what key players will make a difference. 

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Patrice Bergeron on Game 7: 'It's a battle of will out there'

Patrice Bergeron on Game 7: 'It's a battle of will out there'

The Boston Bruins are entering a critical Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second-straight year. After an inspired effort in Game 6, the Bruins are going to look to defy the odds and come back from a 3-2 series deficit. And to do that, they'll have to rely on their grizzled veterans.

One of those vets is Patrice Bergeron. The long-time Bruin is playing in 11th career Game 7 and he is ready to help lead the team to victory. Bergeron spoke to reporters about the contest in a video captured by the Bruins' official Twitter account.

Obviously, It's a battle of will out there. And especially more so there in Game 7. You know, whatever it takes I guess. It's about poise. You've got to use that stress and nervousness the right way and feed off it and use the energy that way. You've got to make sure you play the right way even though there's lots on the line.

That's pretty good advice from Bergeron, and the team should be ready to take it. Bergeron has a lot of experience in these moments (10 points in 10 Game 7s played) so the younger players should follow his lead and try to stay calm and disciplined against the Maple Leafs.

But also, it will be important for the team to embrace the moment, and Bergeron is hoping that they will be able to feed off the energy from the game and the raucous crowd.

It's great. I mean, that's why you play hockey. That's why you, as an athlete, have to feed off that. We all enjoy them and it's fun to be a part of.

Game 7 will take place at the TD Garden on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. The Bruins will look to repeat history after they knocked off the Maple Leafs in seven games last season, also with home-ice advantage.

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