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Bruins vs Maple Leafs

Bruins know a lot more work needs to be done

Thursday, 05.02.2013 / 2:26 PM

By Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent / Bruins-Maple Leafs series blog

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Bruins know a lot more work needs to be done

BOSTON -- The core of the Boston Bruins has been together long enough to know Game 1 victories do not equal series triumphs.

Last season, the Bruins won Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Washington Capitals but lost the series in seven games. The Bruins lost Game 1 three times on their way to winning the Stanley Cup in 2011.

So although they didn't skate Thursday, the Bruins know the time off was for rest not reward for winning Game 1 of their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. As coach Claude Julien said, because there’s nothing celebrate yet.

Game 2 is Saturday at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET, CNBC, CBC, RDS).

"That's how it should be. You can't be looking back," defenseman Johnny Boychuk said. "You can look and learn from what happened, but you have to put it behind you and focus in on this next game because that's all you should be focusing in on. If you're looking back at what's passed or before, you're not worrying about what’s happening now."

The Bruins' grounded approach to a best-of-7 series is one way their experience advantage on the Maple Leafs shows. There will be adjustments from the other side, and it'll be the Bruins' job to be prepared for a different Toronto team in Game 2 than was on the ice for Game 1.

"[Toronto coach Randy Carlyle] will have them prepared, and hopefully we can do the same thing from our end," Julien said. "But it's a seven-game series. I know how much pressure there is in cities like ours and Toronto. Every little thing is scrutinized, and the one thing I can tell you, so far it's been one game that's been played and there's a lot more hockey to be played. And again, from our end of it, we've been around enough to know not to get carried away just from one win."

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