Trailing the Bruins, 2-0, the New York Rangers should be the more desperate team tonight at Madison Square Garden.
Just don’t tell Brad Marchand that Boston can afford to let up a bit. Not after what happened against the Maple Leafs.
“We try to learn from every situation,” said the Bruins’ forward, per CSN New England. “Being up against Toronto, we realize that let them back into it. We didn’t have the killer instinct. Whether it’s the power play or the penalty kill, we want to kill their momentum to kill their game. We want to make sure we step up and do the job. We did that last game, and we want to make sure we bring out best. They’re going to come out hard, and if we’re not prepared they’ll roll over us.”
The Bruins had a golden opportunity to make short work of the Leafs in the first round (and get some much-needed rest), but we all know how that series went.
Boston may also have noted Pittsburgh’s failure to step on Ottawa’s throat on Sunday.
The Rangers, meanwhile, are 3-0 at home during the playoffs, plus they finished the regular season with six straight wins at MSG.