Bergeron, Corvo uncertain for Game 6

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Bergeron, Corvo uncertain for Game 6

The back-to-back playoff games couldnt have come at a worse spot for the Bruins, who may now be without two of their regulars dinged up against the Washington Capitals in Game 5 Saturday afternoon.

Patrice Bergeron left the ice early in his second shift of the third period after taking an Alex Ovechkin hit near the offensive blueline that appeared to catch the Bs center in the head. Bergeron waved Bs trainer Donnie DelNegro off when he attempted to approach the center on the bench following the collision, but the two-way pivot only played one more shift for the rest of the contest.

Bergeron looked sluggish and labored during the only shift he hopped out for as a right wing, and he once again ended the shift early when things obviously didnt feel right.

With the Bruins missing their best all-around player from this season, they allowed a pair of third period goals and lost control of the game.

Claude Julien said that Bergeron was actually dinged up when his head smacked into the boards earlier in the game, and the Ovechkin hit was the final blow that got him off the ice.

Im not sure. You get into a game and youre told that a guy is a little injured at that point, and thats all I know, said Claude Julien of Bergeron. Im not quite sure whether it was the Ovechkin hit or a hit earlier where he kind of went into the glass. Thats where I think it started in my mind, but Im not 100 percent sure on that.

Joe Corvo went down in the second period after absorbing a Mike Green slapper to the knee that sent him down to the ice, and resulted in a goal when Corvo couldnt return to the play. The refs didnt blow the whistle when Corvo originally went down, and it essentially created a 5-on-4 situation when the Bs defenseman couldnt get back into the play.

Corvo is down, hes hurt and theres no whistle. So basically hes trying to get up and again, that supposedly is the referees discretion, said Claude Julien. The other night in Washington they felt that a quick whistle was the thing to do. Tonight they decided it wasnt.

The Bs defenseman returned to the bench, but never got back into the game. Benoit Pouliot was forced into playing some defense while the Bruins attempted to get by with five blueliners for 30 minutes of playoff hockey.

Both players were being treated following the Game 5 loss, so their status for tomorrows must-win Game 6 in Washington DC was unknown.

Cassidy switches up Bruins lines tonight against Lightning

Cassidy switches up Bruins lines tonight against Lightning

BRIGHTON, Mass. – After his Bruins scored just two goals in each of the past two games with a distinct lack of finish around the net, Bruce Cassidy has made some slight tweaks up front with his wingers. 

Drew Stafford has been bumped up to the left wing with David Krejci and Matt Beleskey has been dropped to a new fourth line with Dominic Moore and Riley Nash.

The hope would be that Krejci and Pastrnak could help get Stafford going after he’s gone scoreless in his past three games, with just two shots on net, and been pretty quiet since a couple of strong games right after the trade.

After a couple of active games for Noel Acciari, the gritty Rhode Island kid was skating on the third line with Frank Vatrano and Ryan Spooner in an interesting combination of players. Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Thursday morning, so it looks like he’ll be starting his third game in four days tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning at a time of year when bubble teams can’t afford to rest anybody.  

Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings based on morning skate:

 
Marchand-Bergeron-Backes

Stafford-Krejci-Pastrnak

Vatrano-Spooner-Acciari

Beleskey-Moore-Nash

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

C. Miller-K. Miller

 
Rask

According to Fortune, Theo's the greatest . . . in the world, not just baseball

According to Fortune, Theo's the greatest . . . in the world, not just baseball

Apparently, the Red Sox couldn’t hold onto the best leader in the world. And the best leader in the world has no idea how to housebreak his puppy.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was given the top spot on a list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders," published by Fortune on Thursday morning.

The potential for silly takeaways from Epstein’s placement on the list -- and his response to it in a text to ESPN’s Buster Olney -- are amusing, if not astounding.

Wait, Epstein doesn’t think baseball is the most important thing in the world?

"Um, I can't even get my dog to stop peeing in the house," Epstein told Olney. "That is ridiculous. The whole thing is patently ridiculous. It's baseball -- a pastime involving a lot of chance. If [Ben] Zobrist’s ball is three inches farther off the line, I'm on the hot seat for a failed five-year plan. And I'm not even the best leader in our organization; our players are."

Zobrist, of course, had the go-ahead hit in the 10th inning of Game 7 of the World Series against the Indians.

As Fortune described it, the list of leaders is meant to include those “transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same” across business, government, philanthropy and the arts.

Epstein certainly did help transform the baseball world.

“In the fall of 2016, as partisan distrust and division reached abysmal depths, fascination with the Chicago Cubs became that all-too-rare phenomenon that united America,” his blurb on the list begins.

That’s fair. But, if you scroll down the list: Pope Francis is No. 3. Angela Merkel is No. 10 and LeBron James is No. 11.