TORONTO - The Bruins appear to have dodged some bullets as Jake DeBrusk and Torey Krug are expected to be in the lineup for Game 3 in Toronto on Monday night after both players left Game 2 with injuries.
Krug and DeBrusk were full participants in Monday's morning skate, after which coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that both would be in the lineup as the Bruins look to take a 2-1 series lead over the Maple Leafs.
Krug took a heavy hit from Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin in the second period, knocking off his helmet and causing him to careen violently into the boards. Krug struggled to get back to his feet and needed assistance getting to the dressing room. The blue liner, however, did pass his concussion testing and was eligible to return to the game, but doctors advised him to sit out for the rest of the night.
"Obviously relieved," said Krug. "There was thought [about coming back in Game 2]. I passed all the tests and felt good. I was able to come back, but the doctors are doing their job and making sure that I didn't go back out there and get hurt again. That was their decision, but I'm happy with it and obviously we ended up winning, so you can't complain."
Video: DeBrusk speaks to media in Toronto
DeBrusk, meanwhile, took a vicious cross-check to the face from Toronto forward Nazem Kadri late in the third period and also did not return to Game 2. Kadri, who was given a five-minute major and game misconduct, is in New York for a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety and will not play in Game 3 - and perhaps longer, depending on the league's disciplinary decision.
"It's in their hands. That's kind of how I'm taking that," said DeBrusk, who got into it with Kadri several times over the first two games of the series.
The 22-year-old was also involved in a collision with Kadri earlier in the game that the Maple Leafs believed warranted a penalty. With the temperatures rising in the series, DeBrusk knows that he will likely hear it from the Scotiabank Arena crowd on Monday night.
"I've never really been that before, public enemy No. 1," said DeBrusk. "In saying that, we're focused on the game tonight as a team and no matter what the distractions are off the ice, we kind of agreed as a group that we keep it internally and I think that helps, especially when things get out of hand."
Without Kadri, who was also suspended for three games during last season's first-round clash between these clubs, Toronto will be forced to make some changes up front, with William Nylander sliding into Kadri's third-line center role.
"It effects their depth at center, for sure," said Krug. "It takes away a guy that plays at both ends of the ice and plays really hard. That being said, it doesn't change our approach as a team. We still try to play the same way regardless of who is in or out of the lineup. That's the way we approach it."
Video: Krug speaks to media in Toronto
Kampfer to Slide In
One player who will not suit for the Bruins in Game 3 is defenseman Connor Clifton, who is sidelined by an upper-body injury suffered in Game 2. With Clifton out, Steven Kampfer will enter the lineup and make his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut.
"Excited, just ready to do anything that helps the team win," said Kampfer, a seven-year NHL veteran. "It was good watching, see a couple games and understand the rivalry. You know it from the regular season, but it picks up during playoffs. Just excited to help the team do whatever we can to win."
Marcus Johansson also remains away from the team because of illness, while John Moore (upper body) participated in morning skate, donning a regular practice jersey. Sean Kuraly (hand) skated on his own after practice.
Video: Cassidy speaks to media in Toronto
Monday's Projected Lineup
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Karson Kuhlman
Danton Heinen - Charlie Coyle - David Backes
Joakim Nordstrom - Noel Acciari - Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk - Steven Kampfer