The teams took different approaches to the quality time available, but with similar mindsets.
Boston, having had a tough end of six games in nine days to end the regular season, used Thursday for rest after their strong full-60 effort in Game One, before getting back to work Friday, and following that up with all Bruins on the ice for pregame skate Saturday morning at TD Garden.
Toronto, on the other hand, went right to work Thursday following their turnover-marred loss in which they simply couldn't match the intensity of the Bruins through the entire game, and continued that into their practice Friday at Boston University's Walter Brown Arena, before an optional skate Saturday morning.
Both teams have lineup adjustments to make. The Bruins are without Andrew Ference tonight, after he was suspended by the league for one game for an "illegal check to the head" on Mikhail Grabovski in Game One. Coach Julien said he has the option to place Dougie Hamilton or Matt Bartkowski (currently with Providence) on the back end.
"We still have to make the decision between him and [Matt] Bartkowski for tonight," said Julien, of Hamilton being in the lineup. "If he is in, I think he’s handled his first NHL game extremely well, I wouldn’t see it being a problem if that was the case."
"I’m looking forward to it for sure," Hamilton told a large scrum of media surrounding his locker room stall. "They still haven’t told me yet if I’m playing or not, but I just try to prepare like I am."
Up front, Coach has options as well, but not due to necessity; more due to the healthy depth the B's have in their arsenal.
"I’ve said it often, Peter [Chiarelli] has done a good job providing us with that, because we’ve lived through those experiences where you have injuries in the playoffs," Coach Julien told media following the Bruins' morning skate at TD Garden. "You want to be able to rely on people you can put in and know that they’re going to do the job."
During pregame skate, Rich Peverley took the first line rushes with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr, the line he skated with at Friday's practice. Anyone who watched the 2011 run, knows well the chemistry that Kelly and Peverley have.
"They’ve been together for quite a few years now, so it’s just knowing each other and playing with each other. Familiarity is always an important thing, so certainly it would help those two guys," said Coach Julien, on how the familiarity would come into play, if Peverley is inserted in the lineup tonight on that line.
"I think we know what Rich can do. I'm not going to tell you what he can do because I'm sure you guys have watched enough hockey games to know," said Kelly of Peverley. "In the same breath, I thought Kaspars [Daugavins] played extremely well [on our line]. I think playing with Pevs, you have that familiarity with him and myself. He's a great all-around player. He plays in all three zones, so it makes my job so much easier."
Here's the Bruins' projected lineup, based on the first round of line rushes during pregame skate:
Tuukka Rask, as expected, was the first goaltender off the ice for the Bruins this morning, as he'll look to follow up tonight with another strong performance between the pipes. Rask only faced 20 shots in Game One, but his ability to shut the door after the Leafs' early power-play goal led the way for the Bruins to pull ahead - and remain there.
What Bruins are Matching Up Against
While Boston is making slight adjustments to their lineup, Toronto Head Coach Randy Carlyle is also making changes to his lineup both up front and on the back end heading into Game Two.
Leafs' defenseman Mike Kostka is out after suffering a broken bone in his finger from a shot during Game One. The 22-year-old Jake Gardiner was paired with John-Michael Liles in Toronto's practice on Friday, but their trade deadline acquisition Ryan O'Byrne (from Colorado), who has 19 career playoff games under his belt, is another option for Carlyle.
"We have choices of O'Byrne and Gardiner. I would suggest that one of them, or maybe both of them, are going to play," the Leafs' bench boss said following their practice Thursday at Boston University.
Carlyle also added that "there will be some changes up front."
Former Boston prospect Joe Colborne was in the 12-forward mix at their practice Thursday, but that was with Phil Kessel taking a maintenance day, so when Friday rolled around, he was back out of the top-12. Possible changes could see Ryan Hamilton, who would see his first-ever NHL playoff action in his second season, and/or Matt Frattin (first playoff in his third NHL season) in the lineup.
"We have to be a heck of a lot better than we were," said James van Riemsdyk following the Leafs' optional morning skate Saturday, who added that his team knows they have to make improvements and come out harder.
"You’re going to have those times where maybe things don’t go your way or you play a bad game," said the defenseman Liles. "But ultimately, it’s how you respond and how you come back in the games that follow."Stay tuned to BostonBruins.com and to Twitter @NHLBruins ^CS for all updates, including lineup information, heading into tonight's Game Two…