Tyler Bozak, Toronto's No. 1 center who normally skates with left wing James van Riemsdyk and left wing Joffrey Lupul, was a game-time scratch with an undisclosed injury. In five playoff games, Bozak has a goal and an assist with four penalty minutes.
Meanwhile, the Bruins are without veteran defenseman Andrew Ference, who remained in Boston, also with an undisclosed injury. Ference is pointless in four games and served a one-game suspension early in the series for elbowing.
We don't have any excuses tonight. Excuses are for losers. We've played with five defensemen before and it didn't affect us. We just had a bad second period and it cost us the game. We have to look in the mirror and blame ourselves.
— Bruins coach Claude Julien on his team's play with the loss of defenseman Johnny Boychuk