When Boston center David Krejci was walloped with a clean open-ice hit by Marc-Andre Bergeron in the dying minutes of the first period, there was concern that he may have suffered a head injury, fears that were exacerbated by the fact that Krejci took a while to get up from his knees and did not play on the ensuing power play.
When Krejci played the final two periods of the game and pronounced himself fit afterward, those fears subsided.
Well, they gained life again Friday afternoon when Krejci was one of several Boston players missing from the team’s optional practice.
No need to worry, though, said Boston coach Claude Julien.
"David is fine," Julien said Friday. "We had a bunch of guys stay off today. It's more of an optional and short skate. So there's no issues with David. He's playing tomorrow with no issues at all."
Game 4 is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. here at St. Pete Times Forum.