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Bruins change routine, seeking better start in Game 4

Have full practice trailing Senators in first-round series

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins lost the past two games of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Ottawa Senators in overtime but had a full practice at Warrior Ice Arena on Tuesday.

The Bruins trail the best-of-7 series 2-1 with Game 4 at TD Garden on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SN, TVA Sports, NESN). Boston hadn't practiced the day after a game since the series started.

"Reinforcing some of the stuff that we did well," said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who played 29:07 in Game 3 and was one of several regulars who stayed on the ice after practice ended.

"We know that some stuff, as much as you want to practice and you want to kind of always remind yourself what the system is and what makes us tough to play against, sometimes it's tough with the schedule and not as many days as you want to practice, so today we changed it up, we went on the ice. We worked on a few things and got ready for [Wednesday]."

 

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After practicing Tuesday, the Bruins might change their game-day routine and not have a full morning skate prior to Game 4. They are aiming to get off to a better start Wednesday. Boston trailed 3-0 in Game 3 before rallying and then losing 4-3.

Coach Bruce Cassidy said there aren't any easy answers why the Bruins fell behind.

"We had the crowd into it, you're at home, and those sometimes can go either way," Cassidy said. "You're off and running and if you score first you use that energy. But if not, if things don't go your way, you want to press. ... You think you're capable of anything, but at the end of the day you've got to stick with your game plan ... but I do know that we did recover, got ourselves back in the game, that's the important part. But we need to start better [Wednesday]."

The status of the Bruins' four injured defensemen hasn't changed much. Colin Miller, out since sustaining a lower-body injury in Game 1, was the only one to participate in practice, and Cassidy said he is the closest to returning to the lineup. Brandon Carlo (upper body) skated on his own before practice and is doubtful for Game 4. Torey Krug (lower body) and Adam McQuaid (upper body) remained off the ice.

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As disappointed as the Bruins were with their start in Game 3, they were also frustrated by what led to Bobby Ryan's goal in overtime. Forward Riley Nash was in the penalty box because he was called for roughing in retaliation for an elbow from Ryan. Forwards Brad Marchand and David Backes also took the types of penalties that don't prevent scoring chances and Boston wants to avoid.

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

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