What's wrong with Patrice Bergeron?

What's wrong with Patrice Bergeron?

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Curtis McElhinney makes a save as Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron and defenseman Travis Dermott battle for position during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Boston, Saturday, April 14, 2018.

As Boston has done on more than one occasion this season, which included on a 9-2-2 stretch without Bergeron from February 27-March 23, it persevered, winning a game that, by all accounts, it should have lost.

When the Boston hit the ice for its pregame skate, the Bruins revealed on their Twitter account that Bergeron, nominated earlier in the week for the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward, would miss Game 4.

He wasn't joking, and he wasn't lying. Krug finished the night with an even rating, two shots on goal and four blocked shots in 18:21 of ice time.

Donskoi scored and then set up Marcus Sorensen in the opening four minutes of the second period to seize control of the game and series.

Boston can take the series Saturday back home at TD Garden.

The Bruins stunned the Maple Leafs just 28 seconds into the game to quiet an electric Air Canada Centre when Krug's snapshot from the sideboards found its way past Nash and Plekanec in front before glancing in off Andersen's shoulder. For the second straight game, Plekanec showed a side of his game the Leafs hadn't seen since he arrived just before the trade deadline. That comes thanks in large part to the performance of Tuukka Rask in Boston's net.

He was also victimized by two point-blank saves by Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen, who made a number of timely saves throughout the game.

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Things turned around for Toronto, though. "They like to spring guys, get them going and let those young, talented guys do the work".

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That's a great feed by Pastrnak, but what the heck is Nikita Zaitsev doing there? The Maple Leafs have gone 20-23 on the road for the year and they have averaged 3.24 gpg and have allowed 2.87 gpg in those games. Jake DeBrusk scored early in the third to seal the Bruins' win.

Marchand and DeBrusk both increased their postseason goal tally to two. He's listed as day to day with the ailment, and Cassidy is hopeful he'll be ready to go for Game 5 on Saturday, according to NHL.com's Mike Zeisberger.

Auston Matthews got the go-ahead goal in the second period, Patrick Marleau scored twice, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday night in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

The team made the announcement minutes before warmups Thursday night, adding that Bergeron is day-to-day because of an upper body injury. The exact details of what the injury is or when it was suffered are still unknown at this point. Home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings. The Maple Leafs scored first (for the 1 time in the series) on a power play goal by James van Riemsdyk.

Center Riley Nash replaced Bergeron on the top line alongside wingers Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.

Stay tuned for updates on Thursday's games.