BostonBruins.com - Even though they hold a 2-0 series lead, the Bruins know they can’t let up. They learned that during their first round series against Toronto, in which they had a 3-1 lead in the series, but allowed the Maple Leafs to force a seventh game.
“I think we need to be aware with them being down 2-0 and realize that they're going to be a lot better,” said Daniel Paille, after the B’s optional morning skate Tuesday morning. “We felt that we had two strong games, but we can always improve. We don't want to do too much, just add a little bit more effort, a little more grit.”
The Rangers have recent experience being down 2-0, having won their first round series against the Washington Capitals by coming back to win the final four out five games and advance.
“We obviously know what happened against Washington, them being down 2-0 again,” said Brad Marchand. “We want to make sure that we don't take it for granted. They played an extremely hard game. This series could be in a completely different situation right now if we didn't get a couple lucky bounces.
“We want to make sure we bring our best game tonight and hope for the best.”
New York won all three of its home games against Washington, and in Game Three, the Rangers will be looking to draw some energy from the Madison Square Garden crowd.
“Anytime you play at home, you kind of feed off the crowd, you get that extra support,” said Rangers forward Chris Kreider. “Obviously, you have the last change, you're able to match lines and you get the match-ups and combinations you want out there.
“An important thing is just having that crowd, having that support to back you and feed off that.”
Game time is 7:30 p.m. ET. Catch the action on NBC Sports Network, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and as always, the Bruins’ official Twitter feed @NHLBruins will post live updates.
MARCHAND STEPPING UP: During his pregame media availability, Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella said Brad Marchand has been probably the best player in the series through two games. Marchand scored the overtime winner in Game One and netted another goal in Game Two. The goals were his first two of the playoffs.
“I just think it's Brad being a better player,” said B’s Head Coach Claude Julien. “It's really not the other team making him better, it's Brad making himself better. I thought he skated a lot better than he has in the last little while. He's making some plays and obviously creating some scoring situations for himself.
“I think the biggest part has been the skating part of his game that's really helped him a lot.”
Marchand was thankful for the remark from Tortorella, but said he still didn’t feel great about his play on Sunday afternoon, and wants to improve heading into Tuesday night.
“It's a compliment, but I don't think i played very well last game,” he said. “I got a goal, but it's another backdoor tap in from Bergy [Patrice Bergeron]. I had a few too many turnovers there, got caught out of position on their second goal and gave up the first one. I don't think I had a good game last game at all.”
SPECIAL TEAMS: The Bruins went 1-4 on the PP in Game One, but could not convert on their only opportunity on the man-advantage in Game Two. New York continued to struggle on the power play in Game Two, going 0-for-5 though they generated more pressure, and is now 0-for-8 in the series.
Tortorella saw signs of improvement from his power play in Game Two. “Our power play was better [Sunday],” he said. “Didn’t score, but it was better.”
BETWEEN THE PIPES: Tuukka Rask continues to impress for the Bruins. He stopped 35 of the 37 shots he saw in Game Two, and for the series has stopped 68 of 72.
“I don't think we give enough credit to Tuukka,” said Paille. “We talk amongst ourselves in the room how great he is. He's proven in the past that he can play a solid game and, for us, he was great, he was definitely one of our top players. It gives us a lot of confidence when we have a goalie like that back there.”
At the other end of the ice, Henrik Lundqvist struggled in Game Two, allowing five goals on 32 shots. It was the first time in his career that Lundqvist had allowed more than three goals against the Bruins.
LOOSE ENDS: The Bruins’ first goal came in Game Two came from Krug. It was the 22-year-old’s second goal in as many games, making him the fourth Bruin in team history to score a goal in each of his first two playoff games. The others are Cooney Weiland (1929), Don Gallinger (1943), and Tyler Seguin (2011). He's also only one of 10 Bruins (Bartkowski included) to score an NHL playoff goal before getting a goal in the regular season...Matt Bartkowski registered a team-high five hits in Game Two...The Bruins won the blocked-shot battle, 15-12...The Rangers won 52 percent of the faceoffs.
INJURIES: Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden both rejoined practice on Monday morning at TD Garden, and both of them took part in the Bruins’ optional pregame skate this morning. But Seidenberg is not expected to play in Game Three and Julien said he would be “surprised” if he ended up being ready to go. Redden is still day-to-day. Andrew Ference has yet to skate.