May 4th, 2013 by

Bruins expect more from Maple Leafs in Game 2

Bruins expect more from Maple Leafs in Game 2

With the Maple Leafs looking to avoid an 0-2 hole before the series shifts back to Toronto Monday night for Game 3, the Boston Bruins are expecting their first round opponent to come out with desperation in Game 2 Saturday night at the TD Garden.

After only tallying 21 shots in Game 1, many fans expect the Leafs to play with desperation from the opening whistle until the final horn. Those thoughts were also echoed by the Bruins after today’s morning skate.

“They’re going to come out extremely hard tonight,” said Brad Marchand. “It’s a huge game for both teams. We both want to make sure we get this one tonight, so it’s going to make for a battle for sure and we want to make sure we’re prepared for their effort tonight.”

Despite winning Game 1 against the Washington Capitals in the first round last season, the Bruins couldn’t keep their foot on the pedal and eventually fell in seven games. This year, they hope for a different result against a tough, but inexperienced playoff team.

“They’re going to come out strong,” stated Rich Peverley, who was a healthy scratch in Game 1. “[Game 1] was their first playoff game for a lot of the guys, so it’s going to be a really tough game tonight. They’ve proven that they are a hard team to play against all year.”

“I’m sure they are going to come out harder,” added defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. “They got that first playoff game out of the way, and I’m sure that they are going to come out harder. So we just have to be ready for that and just come out as hard or [more] harder than them.”

But just because they have the advantage on paper, doesn’t mean the Bruins can ease up their game plan, even slightly.

Just look at last night’s Penguins-Islanders game for proof. Despite a returning Sidney Crosby, and a 3-1 first period lead, the Isles came back for a 4-3 victory and tied the series at 1-1.

His team bounced back in Game 1 after slumping at the end of the 2013 regular season, but Claude Julien knows that his team can’t get too ahead of themselves.

“You just have to look around the league and see what’s going on, a lot of series are tied 1-1. There’s nothing to get cocky about, or confident about, you just got to play every team the way you thought you would play that first one,” said the Bruins coach.

“We know they’re going to be a better team tonight, this not a secret to anybody, but we have to be better ourselves.”

The Leafs are a team that can get rattled pretty easily and the Bruins need to keep them on their heels for 60 minutes. Any glimpse of hope, otherwise, could turn the direction of the entire series.

Looking for Boston Bruins Tickets for Game 2 tonight? TiqIq has you covered.

Share "Bruins expect more from Maple Leafs in Game 2" via

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

More in Playoff Central
Dec 22, 15 hours ago

Bruins outduel Sabres in OT

‘Twas the Sunday before Christmas and all through the TD house, not a fan was stirring, not even a mouse. Why? Claude Julien and his sleigh of young bucks – still held dear in the hearts of the Bruins’ faithful – came home for Christm…

Dec 22, 15 hours ago

Things starting to click for Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson is pretty good at this overtime thing. For the second time in three games, Eriksson sent the Bruins home happy thanks to an overtime goal. This time Eriksson’s goal completed a come from behind win over the Buffalo Sabres Sunday night…

Dec 21, 20 hours ago

Quick hits: Hamilton’s late goal forces overtime

Third period quick hits: – Tim Schaller scores his first career NHL goal less than two minutes into the third to give the Sabres a 3-2 lead. A wrap-around goal for Schaller, one Rask should have stopped. – With Tuukka Rask on the bench, Hamilton̵…