BOSTON – The Bruins don’t appear to have any changes in store for Game 3 after doing so swimmingly in the first couple of Eastern Conference Finals games in Pittsburgh.
Everybody was on the ice for morning skate, and though Tuukka Rask took a shot up high in the shoulder area during the practice session, he was OK. At full strength, the Bruins should be well-prepared to take on an angry Penguins team looking to score first at all costs.
"Our guys are mature enough to understand we have to be a good team at this stage, and we can't afford to let our guard down,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “"We're playing a [Penguins] team that has all the firepower in the world, and can turn series around very quickly.”
On the Pittsburgh end, Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla and Paul Martin were all missing from morning skate, and that made it all but impossible to discern if there are any forward line changes in store for Game 3.
Tomas Vokoun was the first goaltender off the TD Garden ice for Pittsburgh, and will get his third straight start in the series after Marc-Andre Fleury looked lackluster in relief on Monday night.
Here are the forward combos and D-pairings for the Bruins based on Wednesday’s morning skate: