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Bruins hope for reinforcements on defense

Colin Miller may return, Brandon Carlo doubtful against Senators for Game 3 on Monday

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins are hoping to have at least one of their injured defensemen back in the lineup for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden on Monday (7 p.m. ET, CNBC, SN, TVA Sports, NESN).

Brandon Carlo (upper body) and Colin Miller (lower body) took part in an optional practice Sunday after being out for a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 2 on Saturday. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Miller is getting better and could be available for Game 3, but Carlo is doubtful. Adam McQuaid didn't skate Sunday; Torey Krug last was on the ice April 8.

The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1.

If the Bruins don't get an injured defenseman back, they'll have to call up someone from Providence of the American Hockey League. Meanwhile, the healthy players are trying to keep their morale high.


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"I think it's about realizing that it's always about the next guy," center Patrice Bergeron said. "When that comes there's new opportunities for younger players. So far they've been grabbing them and it's good to see. I think it's about worrying about what we can control ... and it's adversity that sometimes makes you stronger as a team, and hopefully that does that to us."

Center David Krejci (upper body) remains out, but forward Noel Acciari (upper body) skated Sunday and could return for Game 3.

Regardless of the personnel on the ice, the Bruins know they need to play better defensively after allowing more than three goals for the first time in 10 games.

"So we addressed some things this morning we thought we could do better, keeping the puck out of our net and then continue to work to extend the lead," Cassidy said. "But it was more about defending. So it's disappointing, but big picture it's 1-1, it's a best-of-5 now, we have home-ice advantage. So we'll look at that as a positive. I think we've hung in there pretty well, losing some bodies every game, so the guys have to feel good about our resiliency."

The Senators also are having injury issues on defense. After getting Marc Methot (finger) back in the lineup for Game 2, Mark Borowiecki sustained a lower-body injury in the first period of Game 3 and is day to day. Senators coach Guy Boucher said he'll know if Borowiecki will be available Monday morning, but they have options because everyone else is healthy.

"Every time [Borowiecki's] out there guys have to know that he's there because he's one of those heat-seeking missiles that can get you at any moment," Boucher said. "And he hits clean and he hits hard, but we have other guys that do it. If we put in a guy like [Fredrik] Claesson, he's also physical. And [Ben] Harpur is [6-foot-6] with a great reach and he can be physical too. So every guy you miss, you miss his attributes. But any new guy coming in you get his attributes."

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