The Canadiens held an optional morning skate in Brossard before Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Bruins Thursday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Seven players decided to skip the skate: Max Pacioretty, Brian Gionta, Brendan Gallagher, Dale Weise, Lars Eller, P.K. Subban and goalie Carey Price.
The Canadiens have a 6-1 record in the postseason and coach Michel Therrien told reporters after practice his team continues to improve.
“As a series progresses, the more intense and physical games become,” he said. “But we’ve been getting better every game.”
The Bruins announced Thursday morning they have recalled forward Matt Fraser from the Providence Bruins and assigned Justin Florek to their AHL minor-league team. Fraser was on the fourth line at the Bruins’ morning skate with Matt Fraser and Shawn Thornton.
Here’s how the Bruins’ lines looked at their morning skate with Carl Soderberg taking the option not to skate:
The Canadiens announced on Thursday that they have signed defenceman Greg Pateryn to a two-year contract extension. In 68 games with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs this season, Pateryn had 15-19-34 totals and 67 penalty minutes.
Meanwhile, 6-year-old Tristan Passarelli might be able to give Ginette Reno a run for her money when it comes to singing the national anthem. Check out the video below:
(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)