National Hockey League

With David Pastrnak out, Bruins hope Ondrej Kase getting his shot to break out

Cassidy is getting to know the winger who arrived here from Anaheim in a February trade that jettisoned David Backes’ $6 million cap hit, plus a first-round pick and prospect Axel Andersson .

He had four blocked shots at even strength, the same as grinder Joakim Nordstrom , defensemen Matt Grzelcyk and Torey Krug , and, somewhat surprisingly, Pastrnak.

Kase’s line, with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk , was 1-2—3 for the series but the Bruins’ most consistent in generating attempts, albeit against lesser competition than the Patrice Bergeron -led top unit.

Cassidy, who stapled Bjork to the bench for the final 15 minutes of Game 3 after he took three minor penalties, opened the night on the right of Bergeron and Brad Marchand .

The Bruins entered Monday hoping for a clean, tidy evening in front of newly appointed starter Jaroslav Halak , with eyes on keeping him fresh enough to work the Wednesday-Thursday back-to-back if necessary.

Connor Clifton , who remained on the third defense pair for a second game, showed Cassidy more foot speed, puck-moving ability and decision-making than Jeremy Lauzon , who again sat.

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