This was exactly the scenario the Boston Bruins hoped wouldn’t happen.
“I think in those early round robin games or whatever they were, you’re just trying to shake off the rust and get your team where you want them to be,” said the goalkeeper Tuukka Rask, who allowed two goals on 25 shots on Sunday. “I think we’ve kind of improved in those three games. We worked really hard for our goals, we just weren’t rewarded, but I think it will come. You find a way.
“It doesn’t matter who you seed is. You have to beat all the teams anyway if you want to progress. I think we are feeling good. It’s over now, and we’re starting real hockey.
As the No.4 seed, the Bruins will face the No.5 Carolina Hurricanes in the best of the first 7 rounds of the Eastern Conference at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, the eastern central city. The Hurricanes were the first team to progress, beating the New York Rangers in their best-of-5 qualifying series.
The Bruins swept the Hurricanes out in the Eastern Conference Finals last season.
“This round robin, obviously, was a bit like playoff hockey, but it wasn’t the same,” the Boston forward David Krejci said. “It wasn’t the best of the 7, it’s just not the same. So I can’t wait to be in the first round. ”
Video: What made Boston fail in this game?
Very little has gone well for the Bruins since they opened training camp. David pastrnak and Ondrej Kase missed camp, deemed unfit to participate, with Kase finally making his first playoff game on Sunday, trying to fit into a squad he joined on February 21 in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks.
He had primary help on Jake DeBrusk10:30 am goal of the third period against the Capitals.
The Bruins didn’t have a playoff lead and scored four goals in three round robin games. Boston also lost its exhibition game, 4-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“We improved defensively against good attacking teams in [the Tampa Bay Lightning] and Washington, “Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.” We’ve tightened up structurally. I thought we got through the neutral zone well the last few games, better offensively, so it’s starting to come. ”
And as for their line n ° 1 of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Pastrnak?
“You look at our top line, they’ve been kept off the scoresheet,” Cassidy said. “And I think it will be a tough task for Carolina to do it consistently. I think these guys will be able to get their game going. ”
They also need better play from their defenders, including their captain. Zdeno Chara. They will need this second line to gel quickly and their depth to help. They need their power play to come alive and stop taking bad penalties. They have to finish.
“Obviously we didn’t like the way these games went, but we just got better as we went,” DeBrusk said. “It’s just a matter of going out in the first game here, facing a very good team from Caroline. We saw them last year, we know they’re going to be ready. It’s just a matter of playing better. “