Tonight is a huge game for the Boston Bruins. After looking great in game 1 of the series with the Toronto Maple Leafs, they did not look as good in game 2. After taking an early lead, they let the Maple Leafs back in the game with bad penalties and lazy play. Some of the penalties were soft, but the Bruins did not play as well as they needed in order to take game 2. With the loss, they give the Maple Leafs momentum and now have to go play two games in Toronto where they haven’t had a playoff game in 9 years. It is going to be very loud and the crowd will play a factor. The Bruins need to come in and play physical in order to win this game.
Getting Andrew Ference back for game 3 is good for the Bruins. Not saying Dougie Hamilton played bad in his NHL Playoff debut, but having a player like Ference with his playoff experience (107 games), is big especially when playing a young inexperienced playoff team like the Maple Leafs. I am looking for the Bruins defense to play tough and be smart in their own end. The line that needs to step up is the Bergeron, Seguin, Marchand line. I am looking for Marchand to play hard and be an agitator. Hopefully him and Seguin can find their scoring touch again and turn things around.
The Bruins need to play physical this game. They need to go out and hit everything moving, if someone challenges to a fight, they need to take it and win it. It will be important to take the crowd out of it early and hope to pull Toronto into trying to play physical. If they can take an early lead and frustrate the Leafs into taking bad penalties, they should be able to win this game. Hopefully the influence of the crowd does not cause the referees to be sided towards the home team. NHL refs are usually very good in these situations, and we are not playing in Montreal, so I hope they have little effect on the game. If this series were to turn into the Ottawa/Montreal series, that would not be a bad thing. The Bruins are the tougher team and would end up benefitting from a physical, fight filled series.
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