Colin Miller is ready to go, and the Bruins need a win

Three are still injured, but the Boston Bruins will get one defenseman back tonight, and that’s better than none.

Colin Miller says he’s ready to go for Game 4 against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden. Miller suffered a lower-body injury in Game 1 on a hit by Mark Borowiecki, who’s since been hurt himself.

The B’s will still be without a trio of regular d-men — Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid and Brandon Carlo — tonight. Miller will replace Tommy Cross in the lineup.

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It’s a massive game for the Bruins, who don’t want to go back to Ottawa trailing 3-1. A much better start than Monday’s would help. Boston was down 3-0 less than halfway through Game 3, and went on to lose, 4-3, in overtime.

“They really took it to us early on, and it’s tough when you get down,” forward Brad Marchand told reporters. “We were lucky to come back the way we did. But, we gave ourselves a chance, and again, we need to be much better next game.”

Marchand has one goal and no assists in the first three games of the series, with just five shots combined.

“I haven’t been at my best so far,” he admitted, per CSN New England.

The 28-year-old had a career-high 39 goals in the regular season, averaging almost three shots per game.

Bruins could get Krejci back tonight


The Boston Bruins could get a boost tonight with the return of veteran center David Krejci.

Krejci will be a game-time decision against the Senators. He missed the first two games of the series in Ottawa with an upper-body injury.

“We will see how it goes tonight,” Krecji said this morning, per the Ottawa Citizen. “I felt better yesterday and today I felt better than yesterday.”

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The Bruins may also have a defenseman make his series debut tonight. Tommy Cross has been called up from the AHL, and he could step in for Adam McQuaid, who was hurt in Game 2.

Cross, 27, only has three games of NHL experience, all of them coming early last season. But with McQuaid joining Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo and Colin Miller on the injured list, the B’s are simply running out of bodies on the blue line.

Via CSN New England, here’s what Boston’s lineup could look like:


Morrow-K. Miller

The Bruins and Senators are tied one game apiece.

Bruins’ Carlo skates, but remains ‘doubtful’ for Game 3


The injury bug has taken a nice bite out of the Boston Bruins of late, but they finally got some good-ish news on Sunday.

Injured defenseman Brandon Carlo skated during Sunday’s optional practice, which would indicate that he’s closing in on a return. Unfortunately for the Bruins, head coach Bruce Cassidy says Carlo is still “doubtful” for Game 3 on Monday night.

Rookie Charlie McAvoy has had to shoulder a lot of responsibility during Carlo’s absence. The 19-year-old played 24:11 in Game 1 and 27:47 in Game 2.

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In other injury news, Cassidy said that Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid  and David Krejci remain day-to-day, while Colin Miller, who skated today, is also day-to-day.

McQuaid (upper body) played less than three minutes in Saturday’s Game 2 loss in Ottawa.

“We’re on a bad run. Let’s face it,” Cassidy said  after Game 2, per CSN New England. “That’s the fourth game in a row where we’ve lost a guy early. But you’ve just got to suck it up and play, and the onus goes on the whole team.”

If Krug, Carlo, Miller and McQuaid can’t suit up on Monday night, the Bruins will likely have to recall someone from the minors.

The news was much more positive for forward Noel Acciari:

Defensemen make difference for Senators in tying series with Bruins


Injuries are hurting the Boston Bruins, especially on defense. The Ottawa Senators’ defensemen put a hurt on the Bruins in Game 2, too.

Despite being hobbled himself, Erik Karlsson made a scintillating assist to send the contest into overtime.

Zdeno Chara‘s delay of game penalty came in the waning moments of regulation, and while the decisive goal wasn’t technically during a power play, Boston was in an awkward spot for Dion Phaneuf‘s hard shot.

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Boom. Just like that, the Senators rallied back from a two-goal deficit with three unanswered goals, tying the series at 1-1 after a 4-3 overtime win.

The Bruins managed to grab home-ice advantage in the series by taking Game 1, but there’s no denying that it must burn to realize that they held a two-goal lead (and a chance at a 2-0 series advantage) heading into the third period.

They’ll need to dig deep as the series shifts to Boston, much like Ottawa did in getting back into it with this Game 2 win.

VIDEO: Craig Anderson’s gaffe helps Bruins regain lead

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After a slow start to Game 2 of their first-round series on Saturday, the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators had a pretty chaotic three minute stretch in the second period that saw the teams combine for three goals.

Just one minute after Drew Stafford struck first to give the Bruins the lead, Ottawa’s Clark MacArthur scored his first goal since returning to the lineup following his recovery from a concussion to tie the game at one. The excitement in Ottawa lasted for just a couple of minutes because only two minutes after that Senators goalie Craig Anderson ventured out his net to play the puck, turned it over, and was badly caught out of position allowing Tim Schaller to help Boston regain the lead.

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You can see the sequence in the video above.

Patrice Bergeron added another goal for the Bruins later in the period to give them a 3-1 lead.