When the Bruins take the ice for Game 2 with Toronto, there are many things they hope go better.
A lot of that, they can control. The attitude on Friday following the 4-1 defeat in Game 1 was of sticking to an even keel, but while not panicking earlier in the series, there’s still a lot to address if they hope for a better performance.
“You talk about a team, ‘Oh they have speed’, well so do we and we’re going to play our game,” said head coach Bruce Cassidy. “And we do want to play our game.”
Toronto’s speed did the Bruins in along with one of their poorest defensive outings of the season. Even while chasing the Leafs hurt them on that side of the ice, they also put up just a single tally, on the power play in the first period.
Jake DeBrusk was banged up during the game, and David Backes might go back in regardless if the Bruins want to play closer to their heavier style than they attempted in Game 1.
“You make mistakes during playoffs,” said Coyle. “It’s going to happen. We knew what they were capable of and what they were going to do and obviously they beat us at doing that. That’s something we looked at again and have to make sure we correct. Did that during video today and had a lot of talk about that. I think we’ll be better at that aspect and that’ll definitely limit those chances.”
It’s tough to think the Bruins overlooked a team they’ve been able to project as their postseason opponent for nearly a month. But based on the way they came out on Thursday, they weren’t ready to play.
Whether that’s a lack of respect for the opponent or the Bruins were just flat, being down 1-0 should wake them up.
“When you don’t see a team for a while, when you talk about ‘Oh they’re going to do this and stretch you out’, and all of a sudden they do it and it’s in your net, it gets your attention,” said Cassidy. “Talking about it obviously it didn’t. I hope it got their attention now.”
DeBrusk takes a day
After getting banged up in the first game, DeBrusk didn’t practice. Cassidy called it a maintenance day.
The 22-year-old originally went down hard into the end boards when he committed the penalty that led to Mitch Marner’s penalty shot goal, and later took a big hit from Nazem Kadri that had him iffy for the rest of the contest.
“He will be I assume back with us tomorrow morning,” said Cassidy. “Obviously if he’s not feeling well then, we’ll have to make a decision. Put Backes in and juggle the lines around. Right now, we anticipate he’ll play.”
Injured getting closer
Sean Kuraly (broken hand) skated prior to practice and held a stick for the first time. Defenseman John Moore (upper-body) joined him.
Neither will be ready to play in Game 2, according to Cassidy.
Kevan Miller (lower-body) still hasn’t skated and doesn’t project to return at least late in the series.