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Once again, the Bruins adjust in the face of adversity

NHL: Stanley Cup Final-Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues
Outta my way! Marcus Johansson
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All tied up. The Bruins host the Blues again on Thursday in what has become a best two of three series. Tune in for Stanley Cup Final, Game #5 at 8:00PM ET on NBC.

  • Three takeaways from the game include another Boston playoff record. Bruins Daily
  • Without Zdeno Chara and Matt Grzelcyk in the lineup, the Bruins are looking at their options, maybe even at some Black Aces. Patriot Ledger
  • You just knew that Chara wanted to return to the game despite a broken jaw. CBS Boston
  • There are precedents for a player to return with that injury, but it brings a host of other issues. Sportsnet
  • The Bruins’ vaunted depth is about to be challenged. NHL
  • A bold proposal for Thursday- Boston should field 7 defensemen. 985 The Sports Hub
  • Bigger has proven to be key, as the series is a battle of the two heaviest teams left standing.
  • Maybe reuniting the Czechmates would help pull David Krejci’s line out of its heavy funk? The Hockey News
  • Or (and?) is it time to give Karson Kuhlman a shot? WEEI
  • The Blues employed a strategy in Game #4 that worked well for them. ESPN
  • Was that successful strategy hounding the officials over perceived slights in prior games? Bruce Cassidy hopes not. 985 The Sports Hub
  • Hooray for the Bruins’ Power Play! It has been a long time since we have seen its like, but Islanders from the 1980’s see some similarities in this Bruins team. Boston Globe
  • Never tell me the odds! Injuries to key Bruins have only changed the margins... so far. MassLive
  • A former player and longtime friend dishes on then 31-year-old rookie coach Bruce Cassidy’s tenure with the ECHL Lizard Kings. Eagle Tribune
  • The Capitals want Marcus Johansson back? Feh. Does he want THEM? NBCSports