Matt Grzelcyk will likely be a go for Game 7.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on Wednesday announced the defenseman has been medically cleared from a concussion and is expected to play in the deciding game of the Stanley Cup Final against the Blues.
“He’ll be a game-time decision,” Cassidy told reporters . “But looks like he’ll go in.”
Per #NHLBruins coach Bruce Cassidy:
Matt Grzelcyk has been cleared and is a game-time decision. But “looks like he’ll go in” for Connor Clifton. pic.twitter.com/CCySS0djBc
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 12, 2019
Grzelcyk has been out since suffering the head injury in Game 2 and the team was hopeful he could return as early as Game 5, though he remained in concussion protocol. However, Cassidy doesn’t expect Grzelcyk to miss a beat.
“One thing about Matt, if he does go in [after] missing some games, is he’s been skating with us,” Cassidy said. “It’s not like he just jumped on the ice yesterday. He’s been participating, albeit noncontact, so it’s a little bit of a different animal there.
“But at this time of year, you’re not getting a lot of contact in practice anyway. So he’s just going to have to understand — because he did obviously live the first game and a half or whatever it is in St. Louis — that it is going to be physical. He’s been there, he’s been watching. He knows he has to get back in a hurry, make the decisions with it and take a hit to make a play. That’s what’s required. It usually is against this team.”
Grzelcyk, 25, had three goals and 15 assists in 66 regular-season game and has added three goals and four assists in the postseason.
Wednesday’s faceoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET at TD Garden in Boston.
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