Bruins' Cassidy: Krug out for Game 5, injury doesn't look short term

Bruins forward Brad Marchand

Bruins forward Brad Marchand

Reaching a "Slap Shot" level of absurdity, the National Hockey League released a statement Saturday detailing it's official tsk-tsking of Marchand and his up-the-snout licking of the Lightning's Ryan Callahan in Friday's Game 4. In a suite during the game, shown on the scoreboard to roaring fans, was Orr with Boston Red Sox pitching icon Pedro Martinez, the latter enthusiastically waving a Bruins rally towel to whip up the crowd.

Krug is averaging just over 20 minutes of ice time for the Bruins this postseason, and ranks fourth on the team with 12 points in 11 games (three goals, nine assists).

The Bruins, therefore, are under more pressure than ever to get their 5-on-5 game back in order - and they have to do it on the road, where they're 2-3 this post-season.

The Bruins will need all the long-distance karma they can get from Orr and Bourque on Sunday. Coach Bruce Cassidy said Nick Holden will enter the lineup in Game 5 and play alongside Adam McQuaid. The Bruins defense has made some key turnovers as they let the lead slip away at home. "The missed calls are costing (us) goals in games, it's unfortunate they can't get it right". Why aren't the officials giving Marchand a game misconduct (a punishment that can be handed out for spitting) or some sort of discipline under the unsportsmanlike conduct umbrella? He shoved Marchand in the torso after exchanging a few words, and Marchand responded by leaning in and licking Callahan just below the nose. I don't understand it... it's just... how would you feel if I walked over to you right now and gave you one big lick, right from the chin all the way up? He went on to say "it's awful that it comes down to a play like that".

Past that, Cassidy said, "We don't have a choice".

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It's not the first time in these playoffs that Marchand has been caught with his tongue out: He appeared to lick Toronto's Leo Komarov in the first round. He has a series record of 6-3, taking the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015, a six-game loss to Chicago.

However, Saturday the league has taken its first public action.

"But this game is all about the players and how they compete, how they react to situations". Those guys do all the work.

Two huge wins in Boston, in front of Orr and Bourque, have the Lightning in the driver's seat.

"I don't know, I guess we'll see if he licks me", Callahan said.

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