NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers were in this very same position only a couple of weeks ago -- a fact the Boston Bruins are fully aware of.
The Bruins enter Game 3 of this Eastern Conference Semifinal series Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS) in possession of a 2-0 series lead after taking care of business on home ice with back-to-back wins. But with the series shifting to Madison Square Garden for the next two contests, the Bruins know they can't take their foot off the gas if they intend to move forward this postseason.
The Rangers dropped the first two games and also trailed 3-2 in their quarterfinal-round series against the Washington Capitals, only to rally to win in seven. The Bruins let a 3-1 series lead slip away against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round and nearly lost altogether, saved only by a miraculous rally in the third period of Game 7, which they eventually won in overtime.
"We try to learn from our situation," said Bruins forward Brad Marchand, who has two goals and five assists in nine games this postseason. "Being up [3-1] against Toronto, we realize we let them back in it. We didn't have that killer instinct and we want to make sure that whether it's a power play, penalty kill, whatever it is, we want to make sure that we step up and do the job. We did that last game and we want to make sure we bring our best game [in Game 3], because they're going to come out extremely hard. If we're not prepared, they're going to roll over us."