Canadiens defenceman Mike Komisarek has been cleared to play in Game 1 tonight against the Boston Bruins, his hip ready to go in what promises to be a physical game at the Bell Centre. Komisarek has missed the past seven games.
Ryan O’Byrne will sit this one out, as will fellow rearguard Francis Bouillon, still troubled by a wonky right foot after having taken a shot off it March 29 in Toronto. Bouillon told reporters he’ll need another couple of days.
And no miraculous cure for Canadiens captain Saku Koivu, his broken left foot continuing to mend while ignoring the playoff calendar.
The Bruins held no game-day skate this morning, only head coach Claude Julien finding his way down to the Bell Centre. Boston update is here from Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa.