The Bruins made life easier in the second round when they took a 2-0 series lead over the Rangers. They would like a repeat of that scenario instead of splitting the first two games against Toronto.
“It’s hard to win games in the playoffs,” coach Claude Julien said. “It gets harder as you move forward. Every time you get a chance, you’ve got to make the most of it. Don’t waste that opportunity by saying, ‘Oh, at least we won one out of two.’ You’ve got to go out there every game and want to win that game. Nothing guarantees you those home wins. Pittsburgh knows that.”
The Bruins will not make any lineup changes. Jaromir Jagr did not participate in the morning skate, but the right wing sometimes forgoes the pregame twirl.
Tonight’s expected lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid