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Matt Grzelcyk gets the green light for Game 4

TAMPA, FL - APRIL  3: Matt Grzelcyk #48 of the Boston Bruins tries to beat the defense of Braydon Coburn #55 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of the game at the Amalie Arena on April 3, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
Matt Grzelcyk of the Boston Bruins tries to beat the defense of Braydon Coburn of the Tampa Bay Lightning. –Mike Carlson/Getty Images

TORONTO — Their team defense in need of some tightening after a 4-2 loss Monday night, the Bruins gave rookie blue liner Matt Grzelcyk the green light to return to the lineup Thursday night in Game 4 of their opening-round playoff series vs. the Maple Leafs.

Grzelcyk, a solid contributor over the second half of the regular season, played in Games 1-2, both of them convincing Boston victories, then moved to the sidelines with a minor injury for Game 3.

“He should be good to go,’’ said coach Bruce Cassidy, whose squad had an optional workout Thursday morning at Air Canada Centre. “I anticipate he’ll go in.’’

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