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Bruins Look to Even Series

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins hit the ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Tuesday to sweat out Monday night's 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa in Game 3. 

 

They will now look to even up the series 2-2 in Game 4 on Wednesday night at TD Garden. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub. 

 

"Sometimes it's good to go out get a sweat on," said Interim Head Coach Bruce Cassidy. "A couple of guys we talked to about taking the day off; they didn't want it. They played a lot of minutes, so just a couple of things we needed to work on."

 

"I don't think it was physically demanding," said Cassidy. "We had a day off before [Monday's] game and I didn't like our start, so it's just a little bit of a switch."

"We had a good practice, a productive practice, we wanted to put last night behind us," defenseman Kevan Miller said following Tuesday's skate. "It's obviously a bad taste, but it's something we'll stew over today, we'll go over some stuff, and get ready for [Wednesday]." 

 

Despite the OT loss, the Bruins can draw on one aspect of that game: they powered back from a three-goal deficit to tie the game at 3-3. 

 

"I think when we were playing well, we really took it to them and we had a our chances there, but sometimes it doesn't go your way and we're looking to change that outcome next game," said Miller. 

 

The Black & Gold are hoping to change that by, first and foremost, getting out to a much better start. They only managed to record three shots on goal in the first period on Monday night. 

 

"I don't have a perfect answer for why we were flat, but I do know that we did recover, and got ourselves back in the game, and that's the important part," said Cassidy. "But we need to start better. It's something we've done well at the Garden and it's helped us a lot."

 

The Bruins were energized by the home crowd and all of the fans who packed in to see the B's first postseason game since 2014. 

 

"It was great. It's been a couple of years since we've had that, and it was a great feeling to have the fan support and they were behind us all the way," said Miller. "And we're looking for more of that next game."

 

Krejci Back in the Mix 

 

David Krejci was on the ice for Tuesday's practice after returning to the lineup on Monday night. 

 

It was a good sign, after the centerman eased back in after his upper body injury. 

 

"With him, I expected it would take a little time. He had missed some time. And eventually, he got going," said Cassidy. "Had a chance to put the game away in the third, great play by [David] Backes and [Craig Anderson] made a big save, so he came around, and I would expect you'll see more of him [Wednesday], assuming [Wednesday] morning he wakes up healthy and ready to go."

 

"It was a bit of an unknown, going into the game, so you have to be careful with his minutes." 

 

Having Krejci in the lineup not only balances out the lines; it gives the Bruins a big-time contributor. 

 

"He's a big game player. Big playoffs, he's had great history in the Cup runs, and you've got live in the moment, but you hope that will come through for you," said Cassidy. "He's one of the guys we're going to rely on, so it's good to see him today back out there. We need his play. He's a leader for us, he's a good player, we need both."

 

Back End on the Mend 

 

With the Bruins' defense hit by injuries to Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Brandon Carlo, and Colin Miller, there have been question marks heading into each game. 

 

Cassidy gave further updates on the blueliners following Tuesday's practice. 

 

"[Brandon] Carlo skated, [he's] doing OK, he's day to day," said Cassidy. "Doubtful [for Wednesday]."

 

"Colin Miller's better, so we'll have an update in the morning, but he's ahead of Carlo, know that for sure. And Krug - we'll list him as day to day, but he wasn't on the ice today," said Cassidy. 

 

With the lineup in flux, the young blueliners like Charlie McAvoy Joe Morrow, and Tommy Cross have stepped into a difficult situation to log key minutes. 

 

"I think the guys coming in have done a great job," said Kevan Miller. "Morrow coming in and stepping in, Cross did a great job last night. I think overall as a group we've been pretty good, Charlie's been great, so we just need more of the same and we can be productive coming out of our zone, and we should be fine."

 

Video: Kevan Miller discusses Game 3 loss, looks ahead

 

Staying Disciplined 

 

The Bruins did not enjoy the roughing call on Riley Nash that put the Senators on the power play in overtime and ultimately led to the game-winner. But, they're moving on. 

 

"Well, we need to have discipline," said Cassidy. "We took a penalty in the second game. We took a couple in that game retaliatory, and so did they. They had a player put them down 5-on-3 with probably an unnecessary penalty in front and we scored to tie the game, so it happens both ways in playoffs, and probably happened in Calgary and Toronto last night."

 

"It happens in the playoffs, and that's part of being an antagonist a little bit and that's part of the individual's responsibility to have as much discipline as possible, and in a violent game, it happens," said Cassidy. "We're going to keep preaching to be aware of it, but how will it affect us going forward? I guess we'll see."

 

Video: Cassidy provides injury updates, recaps Game 3 loss

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