The Boston Bruins have already made comebacks.
Game 4, scheduled for Friday, was postponed and will be played on a date to be determined in Toronto, the hub city of the East.
“You need 20 guys,” Cassidy said. “It’s too good for a hockey club, no passengers. So that’s going to be the message, and our guys are good enough to bounce back. I wasn’t happy with our response in the second and third period last night, but Game 4 will be a different animal. ”
The good news for the Bruins is leadership and experience are areas in which they excel; it’s almost exactly the same team that qualified for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues last season. This team faced elimination in Game 6 but won decisively to force Game 7.
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They have a core that made three races to the Cup final, winning in 2011 against the Vancouver Canucks and losing in six games in 2013 against the Chicago Blackhawks. It is a nucleus that knows how to turn the page.
“We are going to have to leave this match”, captain Zdeno Chara said after Game 3. “Obviously it’s not our best game. We realize this was one of those games that no one wants to watch. Certainly something that we must move forward on and prepare for the next. ”
And they know what to do: like Cassidy said, “take care of the puck coming out our side, control the neutral zone better.” There are a lot of areas in our game. In general, I like our special teams. I beat this the other night, so I think they’re going to bounce back. ”
The Boston kill was particularly problematic in Game 3. The Lightning scored in three of their six power plays, an outrage for the Bruins, who finished the regular season third in the NHL on penalty (84 , 3%).
The other area that needs a rebound is in net. Jaroslav Halak should start after Cassidy pulled him out at 11:18 of the second period of Game 3. Boston lost 4-1, with Halak allowing four goals on 16 shots. The Bruins inserted a save Dan Vladar for Halak to rest a bit and look at the replacement who had never played in an NHL game. Vladar allowed three goals on 15 shots.
But it’s that mid-range that Cassidy focuses on, knowing he needs more of them to keep the series going. He made a few lineout trades for Game 3, removing the injured cross Sean Kuraly and fight forward Anders Bjork and integration center By Lindholm and go with an additional defender. It didn’t help.
“We have guys in the middle of the roster that we challenged to be better, to drive the bus on a night like tonight where young legs matter,” he said. “Obviously, this has not happened enough, and we will continue to get this message out.
“But overall, let’s face it, they’ve been better than us in every aspect of the game, so we’ve got our work cut out for us. But it’s a defeat and putting our best food forward in Game 4, similarly try the series playing a lot better and a lot smarter. ”