Bruins' Acciari close to return, could play in Game 2

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OTTAWA – While Bruins defensemen seem to be dropping like flies to injuries, they may be getting some reinforcements back up front amid their playoff series against the Ottawa Senators.

Noel Acciari is nearing a return to the Bruins lineup after missing the Game 1 win with an upper body injury and is “a possibility” to play in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon, according to interim B’s head coach Bruce Cassidy.

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“He’s close...he’s close,” said Cassidy, addressing the media from the B’s team hotel on Thursday morning with no practice scheduled on the day after their 2-1 in in Game 1 at the Canadian Tire Center. “He’s day-to-day and certainly possible for Saturday.”

The injury suffered in the April 6 regular-season game against these very-same Senators was too bad for Acciari as he’d scored his first two NHL goals in his last six games played, and was playing a very effective heavy, physical role on Boston’s fourth line. So, the hope is that Acciari will get right back to that and likely replace Tim Schaller or Sean Kuraly in the lineup if/when he is healthy enough to bring his big-hitting style back.

A returning body would be welcomed after Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo and David Krejci missed Game 1, along with Acciari, and Colin Miller went down as well after absorbing a nasty knee-on-knee hit in the second period. 

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