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Bruins determined to not repeat first-round mistakes in Game 5

Return home to face Blue Jackets with series tied

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins are hoping to learn from past mistakes going into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2 after Boston's 4-1 win in Game 4 at Nationwide Arena on Thursday. It's the same situation the Bruins were in in the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

In that series, the Bruins won 6-4 in Game 4 at Toronto, then returned home and lost 2-1 in Game 5, when they had a playoff-low 29 shots, before winning Games 6 and 7.


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The Bruins are determined to be better this time in Game 5.

"We're going to learn from it, but in the playoffs … it's a new day today, new day tomorrow," center David Krejci said at Warrior Ice Arena on Friday. "So get ready, work on some things. They have a little different team than Toronto, they play a little bit differently, so like I said, just got to get ready for tomorrow.

"It's a great opportunity for us to be up 3-2 and going back to Columbus. It's a really important game tomorrow."

Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said there's always something to learn from the past, whether it's the last game, the last round or last season's playoffs.

"I think there's always something," he said. "I think last night we learned a little bit from last year how we attacked [the Tampa Bay Lightning in a five-game loss in the Eastern Conference Second Round], or how they attacked us is probably a better way to put it.

"I think you've got to park the game before that and get ready for the next one, so I think that's the secret here. You know we played well last night. Breaking it down there's still some areas that need to be corrected, clearly. But it's a new game and you've got to make sure that we're prepared to go. … We'll keep hammering home with that and make sure that we're not too excited about what happened yesterday yet try to build off it."

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The Bruins would like to duplicate their special-teams performance from Game 4; they were 2-for-6 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. It was the first time since Game 1 that the Boston penalty kill didn't allow a goal.

Cassidy said the coaching staff made some alterations to make the penalty kill more aggressive, and the players executed that well.

"The [penalty kill] was a lot better than it was in the past couple games," said Bruins forward Noel Acciari, who played 2:16 shorthanded in Game 4, fourth among Boston forwards. "We were able to shut down their power play. They're playing well and we know that and [assistant] Joe [Sacco] has done a good job with kind of tweaking it and kind of getting us ready for last night's game. … They have a lot of weapons and we want to kind of limit them as best we can, and I think we did a good job of that."

Cassidy said he's considering keeping the lineup in Game 5 the same as it was for Game 4 because he liked how forward David Backes played in place of Karson Kuhlman, drawing two penalties and getting an assist. Regardless of who's in the lineup, the Bruins know they need to take advantage of the opportunity in front of them.

"We knew it was going to take more than four games," Krejci said. "You know they have a good team, they work hard, they play hard. But that's why we work hard the whole year, to get home-ice advantage. So that's a big game again. The momentum changes so quickly in this series, so it's nice to be back home and have a chance to be up 3-2."

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