The Bruins left Toronto with a 5-4 victory, but for Boston forward Milan Lucic
remains expectant of a hard game as the Leafs look to leave a lasting impression on Carlyle.
“With a new coach that wants them to play physical, that’s what makes this game just as big as the other ones,” Lucic said. “You might have guys stepping out of their comfort zone to solidify themselves to the coach and what not, and I think that’s where the unpredictability comes into play.”
With that being said, the Bruins want to make an impression, too.
After beating the Philadelphia Flyers with a 3-2 shootout victory Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak, the Black & Gold are out to prove they belong in the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference.
“With this final stretch here, we want to do whatever we can to start feeling good about ourselves again,” Lucic said. “We definitely want to solidify our game, we definitely want to solidify ourselves in the standings and we did a good job on Saturday, so we want to keep making the right steps.”
In the first five of the six-game season series, the Bruins (41-27-3) have won all five and outscored Toronto 28-10.
But despite what the numbers may imply, Lucic doesn’t expect anything short of a hard-nosed battle from the Maple Leafs (32-32-8).
“They’ve all been big games, and you know we kind of look forward to a challenge when we have a big game,” Lucic said of the Northeast division foe. “They’ve been a really good team all year this year, unfortunately they’ve slipped out a little bit here in the playoff spot, but they’re still fighting to the end.”
With Saturday’s win in the rear view mirror, Lucic said that the Bruins are looking to build on the effort they played with against the Flyers – which was the full, 60-minute battle that had escaped the team as of late.
“We just focused on working hard and making smart, strong plays and everything just took care of itself," he said. "That’s what we’ve been talking about lately and what we have to make more consistent in our game and hopefully we can do that tonight and look forward to that challenge."---- Anthony Gulizia