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Marchand wants Bruins to show ‘killer instinct’ tonight at MSG

May 21, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

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Trailing the Bruins, 2-0, the New York Rangers should be the more desperate team tonight at Madison Square Garden.

Just don’t tell Brad Marchand that Boston can afford to let up a bit. Not after what happened against the Maple Leafs.

“We try to learn from every situation,” said the Bruins’ forward, per CSN New England. “Being up against Toronto, we realize that let them back into it. We didn’t have the killer instinct. Whether it’s the power play or the penalty kill, we want to kill their momentum to kill their game. We want to make sure we step up and do the job. We did that last game, and we want to make sure we bring out best. They’re going to come out hard, and if we’re not prepared they’ll roll over us.”

The Bruins had a golden opportunity to make short work of the Leafs in the first round (and get some much-needed rest), but we all know how that series went.

Boston may also have noted Pittsburgh’s failure to step on Ottawa’s throat on Sunday.

The Rangers, meanwhile, are 3-0 at home during the playoffs, plus they finished the regular season with six straight wins at MSG.

  1. nunan - May 21, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Was thinking about how the Bs, this current group, have been in almost every sort of playoff situation. They’ve been up 3-0 and blown it, swept a series, been down 2-0 and come back (twice), won the cup, lost a series in 7 to a lesser team, and then the whole Toronto series this year. Have to think these experiences help them, especially that last series when they were up 3-1. It’s fresh in their minds and can only help them now, as they try to put the dagger in the Rangers. Killer instinct has been lacking the past two years. Hopefully we see it tonight.

    • 8man - May 21, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      I would agree with you except for the 3 games they played at home in the finals against Vancouver and that game 7. Remember, that series finished in 7 with a 23-8 edge in goals scored for the Bs. Each of the Canuck wins were by a single goal. While the Bs won decisively 8-1, 4-0, 5-2 and 4-0. A happy bounce here and a whacky shot there and the series could have ended in 5 for the Bs.

  2. pastabelly - May 21, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    I’m not buying into this Bruins team as the one that blew the 2010 series to the Flyers after going up 3-0 in games. The only players on that team who are on the team now are Boychuck, Bergeron, Lucic, Paille, and Thornton. Rask was in net. But that team had big minutes going to Hunwick, Satan, Begin, Sobotka, amd Whitfield. Savard was ineffective coming off of that concussion and Krejci was hurt in Game 3. The only series this group has really lost was the one to Washington last year. What can you say? Thomas was outplayed by Holtby and team didn’t know how to play Washington’s shot blocking game.

    By saying that this team has problems closing really disrespects Toronto. Toronto didn’t come back in that series because the Bruins lacked killer instinct. They are a very good hockey team. They are faster and hit better. Also, Reimer got hot. The Bruins won that series because the Leafs took their foot off the pedal.

    • nhloon - May 21, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Could not have said it better, although we must not forget, a one Dennis Wideman was also getting, way too much time in 2010…………

  3. 8man - May 21, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Tactically speaking a game 3 victory would be critical to their Stanley Cup capture strategy. The question is whether or not the locker room recognizes the opportunity and can withstand and overcome what is sure to be a furious Ranger attack. Gonna take a full 60 of their best just to have a chance at winning.

    We’ll see if the lessons the feeling of being down 4-1 at home, late against the Leafs in game 7 of a series in which they led 3-1 are still being heeded. None of them may admit it, but some of them felt it was over and were disgusted at what they watched slip away. It literally was like getting a do-over.

    Let’s see what they’ve learned.

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