Bergeron in, Thornton likely for Game 7

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Bergeron in, Thornton likely for Game 7

The Bruins went through their morning skate prior to Game 7 with business-like efficiency, but also with an ease and a confidence that perhaps wasnt there for the team when the playoff series began.

Patrice Bergeron took part in the morning festivities while skating on the right side along with Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand. It looks as though Bergeron is able to play without any limitations or restrictions aside from taking face-offs.

Mike Mottau might be sliding in to replace Joe Corvo as a top-six defenseman as Corvo is still feeling the effects of taking a puck off of the knee earlier in the series.

It also looks like Shawn Thornton will be back in the lineup for an emotional, pressurized Game 7 setting.

Here is the projected lineup for the Bruins for Wednesday nights tilt:

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Marchand-Peverley-Bergeron
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Paille-Campbell-Thornton

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Matt Beleskey out six weeks with a right knee injury

Matt Beleskey out six weeks with a right knee injury

BOSTON – Some key Bruins players have missed a handful of games here or there already this season, but only this week did they suffer one of their first major injuries to a key player that will knock him out for nearly two months. 

Matt Beleskey will miss roughly six weeks with an injury to his right knee after the feisty forward was caught with a hip check by Tyler Fedun near center ice in Buffalo over the weekend.  Beleskey tried to instinctively sidestep the oncoming attack, but instead his lower half caught the brunt of the big collision with a young Sabres attacker. 

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Instead Fedun caught Beleskey’s right leg with his hip check, and the gritty Bruins winger was knocked out in the first period of last weekend’s win over the Sabres. 

Beleskey was spotted walking with a bit of a limp during and after Boston’s 4-3 OT win against the Florida Panthers on Monday night, and armed with what looked to be a giant brace or cast on his right leg. It’s clearly a bummer for Beleskey that he’ll now miss a large chunk of time due to a freak injury, and the Bruins have to be disappointed at the timing of it all given how well Beleskey has been playing lately. 

The injury certainly opens up the third line left wing spot for a player like Ryan Spooner, who has struggled to find his right place in the NHL, or a player like Frankie Vatrano as he gets over the hump in his recovery from foot surgery.

Beleskey has skated in plenty of games with Boston in 2016-17, producing two goals and three assists for five points with 23 penalty minutes in what’s been better described as “bedlam”  after a slow start to the regular season.