The Boston Bruins have a 3 - 1 lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs, and could go straight to the second round with a win in tonight's Game 5. But it is fair to believe Mike Babcock's team will not go down without a fight. Especially now that Nazem Kadri will make his return, after he finished serving his three-game suspension for boarding Bruins' forward Tommy Wingels in the third period of Game One.
Bruins' defenseman Adam McQuaid admitted that getting this fourth win is no easy task, but that the team is focused and ready to make up for that Game 4 defeat. Here's what he told NBC Sports' journalist Joe Haggerty today:
“We all know the fourth [win in a series] is the most difficult, so we’re going to have to give our best effort,” said McQuaid, who blocked a shot with his wrist in the closing minutes of Game 4 while paying his personal price for a victory. “The other team’s life is on the line and they’re going to bring everything they’ve got, so we need to have the same kind of attitude going into it to match that.”
31-year-old centerman David Krejci agrees with his long-time teammate:
”Obviously, the last one is always the hardest. If you look at other games around the league, Pittsburgh and Nashville, they had a chance [and couldn’t do it on Friday night]. So it isn’t going to be easy,” said Krejci. “But at the same time, you’ve done the job all season, so you’ve got to stay in the moment and just get it done shift by shift. That’s what we’re going to do tonight. Their season is on the line, but so is ours. Momentum shifts very quickly in the playoffs, so you just need to go out and focus on the next shift. Obviously, you want to have a good start, stay in the moment and use the crowd to your advantage. It’s going to be buzzing tonight, it’s going to be exciting, but at the same time stay focused and stay on the task that’s in front of you.”
Here's what Boston's lineup should look like tonight:
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
DeBrusk – Krejci – Rick Nash
Heinen – Riley Nash – Backes
Schaller – Kuraly – Acciari
Chara – McAvoy
Krug – McQuaid
Grzelcyk – Miller
Do you think they are going to be able to beat Toronto?