Boston Bruins

May 15, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) kneels on the ice during warmups prior to the Bruins' game against the Washington Capitals in game one of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

A crash into the end boards in the early moments of double-overtime on Wednesday night will not keep Bruins winger David Pastrnak out of action for Friday’s Game 4 at TD Garden, Bruce Cassidy confirmed following his team’s morning skate.

“Pasta’s good,” said Cassidy.

Pastrnak finished Game 3 with a game-high nine shots on goal to go with four hits and a blocked shot in 25:48. Overall, the 24-year-old has recorded two assists and is still looking for his first goal of the postseason despite hammering 19 shots on goal through the first three games of the 2021 playoffs.

In addition to Pastrnak, the Bruins will stick with the same lineup they’ve iced in back-to-back games, meaning Connor Clifton will stay in on the left side of a third pairing opposite Kevan Miller.

“We had the day off yesterday, so that should help them recover,” Cassidy said of his team, which has gone to overtime in the first three games of this series. “I think you gotta play every game as its own separate entity.”

The Capitals, meanwhile, will enter Game 4 with Lars Eller (lower body) considered a game-time decision after he took part in Washington’s morning skate once again.

TJ Oshie was missing from the morning skate, which could create some doubt as to his availability for tonight’s contest, but it is worth noting that Oshie has missed morning skates and suited up all the same.

Ilya Samsonov was the first goaltender off the ice, indicating that he’s the likely start for the Caps after stopping 40-of-43 in a double-overtime loss Wednesday night.

Game 4 will have a 6:30 p.m. puck drop.


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