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Bruins: Jake DeBrusk not practicing on Friday, David Backes re-enters lineup

Bruins: Jake DeBrusk not practicing on Friday, David Backes re-enters lineup

Jake DeBrusk suffered an apparent injury against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night. The Boston Bruins second-line winger was chasing down Mitch Marner on a shorthanded breakaway when he hooked Marner with his stick. Marner drew a penalty shot as a result while DeBrusk crashed into the board.

DeBrusk had trouble getting up, and he left the game for a brief period of time before returning. However, he did get up slowly a few times in the third period after taking some hits.

According to the Bruins' official Twitter, DeBrusk was not practicing on Friday.

With DeBrusk out of the practice lineup, David Backes returned to the lineup. He skated on the third line along with Charlie Coyle and Danton Heinen while Marcus Johansson moved up to DeBrusk's left wing spot on the second line. If DeBrusk has to miss the team's second game on Saturday afternoon, Backes will almost certainly re-enter the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Game 1.

Here are the line combinations and defensive pairings that the Bruins used with DeBrusk sidelined.

Marchand – Bergeron - Pastrnak
Johansson – Krejci – Kuhlman
Heinen – Coyle – Backes
Nordstrom – Acciari – Wagner

Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Grzelcyk – Kampfer/Clifton

Rask
Halak

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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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