ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the Stanley Cup Final (all times local):
Patrice Bergeron once played a Stanley Cup Final game with broken ribs and a punctured lung. So it’s no surprise that he’ll be in the Boston Bruins’ lineup for Game 3 on Saturday night.
Coach Bruce Cassidy said Bergeron is in against the St. Louis Blues after not practicing Friday afternoon. Karson Kuhlman took Bergeron’s spot in line rushes and David Backes filled his spot on the top power-play unit.
John Moore in practice took the spot of injured defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who is in concussion protocol and didn’t travel to St. Louis. Cassidy said Moore would probably take Grzelcyk’s place because they’re both left-handed shooters.
Two-time All-Star winger Vladimir Tarasenko is expected to play for the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final after missing practice Friday.
Coach Craig Berube confirmed Tarasenko will play Saturday night against the Boston Bruins in the first home Cup Final game in St. Louis since 1970. Tarasenko missed a big chunk of the second period of Game 2 on Wednesday, which Berube said was an equipment issue not an injury.
The Blues will be without suspended forward Oskar Sundqvist and most likely defenseman Vince Dunn, who has missed four games after taking a puck to the face. Zach Sanford is the most likely option to replace Sundqvist, though Berube said Robert Thomas — who missed Game 3 with a nagging injury — is a possibility to play.
John Moore is expected to fill in for injured Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who is in the concussion protocol and didn’t travel with the team.