"He's going to skate tomorrow, and then will skate the following day and be a game-time decision (for Game 4)", said Babcock. Toronto was again missing C Nazem Kadri for the second game of a three-game suspension for his hit on Tommy Wingels in Game 1, Tomas Plekanec was moved up from the fourth line to play between Marleau and Marner on the No. 2 unit.
Forwards Dominic Moore, Matt Martin and Josh Leivo are all healthy and ready to go, with all three taking part in post-season practices.
"(Keeping the Bergeron line under control) is a key.
Though the Bergeron group combined for 20 points in Games 1 and 2, Brad Marchand was playing down its dominance during his Monday-morning media scrum.
With the game tied at 2 late in the second period, Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews took a pass from William Nylander just inside the face-off circle and fired it top-shelf past Tuukka Rask to give Toronto a 3-2 lead heading into the third.
"I don't think we've done any better than any other line except a couple good bounces, especially last game", Marchand said. After being outscored 12-4 in the first two games of the series, he wanted his team to find a way to recentre while also going over video of what needs to be improved on ahead of Game 3. They are the second father and son duo to play for the team in the postseason, joining two-time Stanley Cup-winner Ken (R.) Hodge and his son, Ken (D.) Hodge. "At this time of year, we have talked a lot about this in the room, it's great to have skill but without will, nothing happens, you're just out there". You don't have to change your game, per se, but you have to be physical on offence when you're an offensive player. The return of Nash, the straw that undoubtedly stirs the bottom-six drink of the B's forward group, will slot Noel Acciari back down to the right side of a relentless fourth line with Tim Schaller on the left and Sean Kuraly in the middle.
The Bruins will have third-line centre Riley Nash, who missed the first two games with a lacerated ear, back in the lineup.
Komarov is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, according to Babcock.
They say in the playoffs a team is never truly in trouble until they lose on home ice. He was on the ice when Tyler Bozak scored to cut Boston's lead to 5-2 midway through the second period. We know it has been and it will continue to be and we know that they're a tight-checking team; they play hard. "We'll have a good start and go from there".