The Canadiens held an optional morning skate in Brossard ahead of Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Bruins Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Rene Bourque, who missed Monday’s practice with the flu, was one of 16 players who took part in the optional skate. After practice coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Bourque will be in the lineup for Game 3.
Others taking part in the morning skate were goalies Dustin Tokarski and Peter Budaj, forwards Brandon Prust, Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher, Travis Moen, Michael Bournival, Ryan White and George Parros, and defencemen Josh Gorges, Alexei Emelin, Francis Bouillon, Mike Weaver, Douglas Murray and Jarred Tinordi.
Alex Galchenyuk, recovering form a lower-body injury, skated by himself.
Assistant coach Gerard Gallant spoke with Moen on the ice after practice and it looks like Moen will take Prust’s spot in the lineup. While Therrien wouldn’t confirm any lineup changes, it also looks like Murray will replace Bouillon on defence.
“You’ll know my lineup only tonight,” Therrien told reporters after the morning skate.
Brendan Gallagher celebrates his 22nd birthday Tuesday. Ginette Reno is scheduled to sing the national anthem before Tuesday’s game.
Game 4 will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at the Bell Centre and the NHL has confirmed that Game 5 on Saturday in Boston will be a 7 p.m. start.
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