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In the highest of praise, Marchand calls Bergeron "God" after OT win

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In the highest of praise, Marchand calls Bergeron "God" after OT win

BOSTON -- Brad Marchand has never hidden his love for his longtime linemate Patrice Bergeron.

The two have become close friends as well as teammates over the last eight years skating together on the same line, so it’s no surprise that No. 63 was front and center during Saturday’s pregame ceremony honoring Bergeron for his 1,000 NHL game played earlier this week.

Marchand scored a shorthanded goal in Boston’s 5-4 overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings as well, and had a front row seat to Bergeron netting the game-winner in overtime mere hours after he’d celebrated on the ice with his family. It was Bergeron’s 20th goal of the season and marks the 10th time in his 15-year-old NHL career that he has eclipsed the 20-goal plateau in the regular season.

So it’s not surprising that Marchand had the highest of reverence for Bergeron following the game after once again watching the storybook heroics that No. 37 seems to make look routine.

Marchand was asked following the win if “pro” was the word he would think of to describe Bergeron, and the Nose Face Killah took it at least three steps further.

“Yeah, or God. One of the two,” said Marchand to laughter from the assorted media. “No, he is. He’s the ultimate pro, the way he conducts himself and prepares himself each and every day and shows up consistently and in the big moments continues to prove himself. So, yeah, ‘pro’ is a great word, but I think God is a little more fitting.”

🏒BRUINS 5, KINGS 4 (OT)

Marchand has called Bergeron perfect and referred to him as Superman in the past, so clearly the B's left winger upped his game for his linemate's ceremony. 

Clearly Marchand had some kind of religious experience watching Bergeron net the top corner goal for the game-winner in Saturday’s overtime winner, or he just confirmed that No. 37 truly is Boston’s hockey lord and savior. That would be up to each and every Bruins fan to ultimately decide for themselves, but there’s no denying on Saturday that Bergeron did add another chapter to a remarkably clutch and productive career. 

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Bruins vs. Leafs live stream: Watch Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 6 online

Bruins vs. Leafs live stream: Watch Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 6 online

The Boston Bruins have been pushed to the brink. Trailing the series against the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2, they need to win each of the next two games to advance to the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. And that starts with Game 6 in Toronto.

The Bruins struggled to score in their Game 5 loss to the Maple Leafs, as they failed to score until late in the third period with an empty net. On the defensive end of the ice, Tuukka Rask held up well for most of the game, but ultimately gave up a couple of goals that were just enough for the Maple Leafs to get by.

Of course, there was a controversial non-call regarding goaltender interference against Rask. That could have had an impact on the end result of the game, and both Rask and Bruce Cassidy spoke about the referee's decision after the game.

The Bruins will be battling against history in their bid to advance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Per to the NHL, the winner of Game 5 owns an all-time series record of 205-55 (78.8%) when a best-of-seven series is tied 2-2. Their attempt to break the pattern will start on Sunday.

Here's how and when to watch Bruins vs. Leafs Game 6 online.

When: Sunday, April 21 at 3:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network
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Bruins considering adding Karson Kuhlman back into lineup for Game 6

Bruins considering adding Karson Kuhlman back into lineup for Game 6

BRIGHTON, Mass – Bruins rookie Karson Kuhlman has been a healthy scratch for the last couple of games, but it looks like the speedy, smart young forward might draw back in for do-or-die time with the Black and Gold.

Kuhlman was among the top-12 forwards during the line rushes for the Bruins at Saturday’s practice at Warrior ice Arena, and Bruce Cassidy indicated that the former University of Minnesota-Duluth standout is knocking the door to get back into the lineup.

“We might make a few adjustments. Tuukka is going to be in the net and then we’ll go from there,” said Bruce Cassidy of his Game 6 lineup. “We’re considering [Kuhlman]. Certainly he’s played well for us and he adds an element of speed and responsibility.”

The 23-year-old Kuhlman suited up for the first three games of the series against the Maple Leafs and finished with an assist and six shots on net in three Stanley Cup playoff games with the Black and Gold. It appeared that 34-year-old David Backes would be the odd-man out if Kuhlman draws back into the lineup for Game 6 at Scotiabank Arena. Backes played under five minutes in Friday night’s Game 5 loss to the Maple Leafs, and has increasingly had difficulty making an impact in the series as his skating game has slowed against Toronto.

With that in mind trading out Backes for Kuhlman would up the speed factor for the B’s against a Maple Leafs team that’s controlled them in the series with their speed and skill level.

Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairing against the Maple Leafs for Game 6 based on Saturday’s practice:

LINE COMBOS

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Johansson

Heinen-Coyle-Kuhlman

Kuraly-Acciari-Wagner

D-PAIRINGS

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Moore

Rask 

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