Boston Bruins

May 21, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand (63) in the offensive zone during the second period in game four of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Disaster appeared to strike the Black and Gold’s morning skate at Nassau Coliseum ahead of Game 4 when Bruins winger Brad Marchand limped off the ice favoring his right foot, according to The Athletic’s Fluto Shinzawa.

That’s just about the last thing the Bruins, who will be without Brandon Carlo for tonight’s game on Long Island, wanted to hear. But Bruce Cassidy shook off any worries about his top-line winger being unavailable for tonight’s contest.

“I think he got hit with a puck late or something in the power-play drill,” Cassidy said. “So, no, he’s fine.”

And just like that, you could hear all of New England exhale.

Boston’s offensive motor and the overtime hero in Game 3, Marchand enters tonight’s game with a team-leading five goals in eight games this postseason. Marchand has also been excellent in this series, with two goals, four points, and 13 shots on goal in three games against the Islanders. He’s also the only player with multiple overtime winners scored this postseason.

Game 4 will have a 7:15 p.m. puck drop.


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