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Bruins redecorate the visitors' locker room in St. Louis for a little motivation

Bruins redecorate the visitors' locker room in St. Louis for a little motivation

It seems the Bruins have already done a little redecorating in the visitors' locker room at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

Framed photos of Zdeno Chara hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2011 and Bobby Orr swigging champagne from it in '72, as well as another of David Krejci smooching Lord Stanley's trophy eight years ago,  now adorn the walls of the room.

The images were captured by the NBC Sports Boston Camera Guys who tweeted the video that features Charlie Coyle and David Pastrnak talking about the motivation the photos provide. 

The Bruins look to take a 2-1 series lead tonight in Game 3, the first Stanley Cup Final game played in St. Louis since Orr's crew swept the Blues back in '70.

“Just little reminders of what it could be like, what’s here for us, what’s at stake, and the great opportunity in front of us,” Coyle said. “Always catch yourself looking around and just, kind of, taking it in. It’s a really good touch.”

Said Pastrnak: "It's what you've worked for your whole life."

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Is it time to start getting worried about Bergeron's lower body injury?

Is it time to start getting worried about Bergeron's lower body injury?

Is it time to get nervous about Patrice Bergeron if you’re a Bruins fan?

Maybe so.

Bergeron, 35, took the ice at the Prudential Center in New Jersey for the Tuesday morning skate ahead of the game against the New Jersey Devils and he was declared a game-time decision. Bruce Cassidy said that Bergeron would take the warm-up and then decide his availability.

"He felt a lot better today, but I don’t want to confirm it just yet,” Bruce Cassidy said to reporters in New Jersey after the morning skate. Cassidy was then asked if they might be a little careful about playing Bergeron in back-to-back situations when he does come back. “It’ll be his call. He’s been around a long time. He knows his body better than we do, so we’ll talk about it. Obviously, I wouldn’t say it automatically that we would do it, but it’s something we’d have to consider so that he’s as healthy as possible going forward.

“We talked about that this summer. We talked about that with a few players because of the long playoff run last year. We may have to look into that.”

Instead, Bergeron missed his second consecutive game with a lower-body injury suffered last weekend and all are left to wonder if it’s for precautionary reasons against a bottom-feeder New Jersey team, or if it’s because the old groin problems have cropped up for him again. The mere fact that Bergeron missed the warm-up after the Bruins expected him to take it this morning, is a warning sign that the injury didn't respond as they were hoping it would. 

Certainly, a “load management” type plan with Bergeron would be smart as the B's hope to have him at his level best when it matters most down the stretch and into the playoffs, where last spring the groin issues dogged him in the  Stanley Cup Final.

The concern is that Bergeron could possibly again be dealing with the groin issue that over the summer needed a PRP (blood-platelet plasma) injection to get him healthy for training camp. If that is indeed the case, and it appeared to be when he tweaked his lower body while getting hauled down on an offensive zone face-off on a second-period power play in Toronto, then this might be something the Bruins and Bergeron will have to manage going forward.

That seemingly is the only thing that could slow down the Bruins, who sit atop the Atlantic Division at 12-3-5 going into Tuesday night, and a Perfection Line that’s been routinely dominating opponents the first month-plus of the season.

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NHL Highlights: Bruins find their stride in 5-1 domination of Devils

NHL Highlights: Bruins find their stride in 5-1 domination of Devils

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 5, Devils 1

IN BRIEF: For the most part, the Bruins dominated all aspects of the game against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. David Pastrnak scored his 18th and 19th goals of the season, while Matt Grzelcyk tallied his first two of the 2019-20 campaign. Tuukka Rask was solid in goal with 25 saves, giving the B's every opportunity for the road win.  BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 13-3-5 (31 points)

HIGHLIGHTS

GRZELCYK'S FIRST OF THE YEAR GETS B'S GOING:

14 SECONDS LATER, PASTRNAK'S BLAST MAKES IT 2-0:

BLAKE COLEMAN CUTS BOSTON'S LEAD IN HALF:

PASTRNAK SCORES HIS SECOND OF THE NIGHT: 

MATT GRZELCYK GOES BAR DOWN FOR HIS SECOND OF THE NIGHT:

CONNOR CLIFTON, THE JERSEY KID, GETS ONE FOR THE HOME FOLKS:

UP NEXT: 

Vs. Buffalo Sabres, Thursday, 7 p.m., NESN
Vs. Minnesota Wild, Saturday, 7 p.m., NESN

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