The Tampa Bay Lightning have a two-point lead over the Bruins in the Atlantic Division and if they win their game on Saturday against the Hurricanes on the road, then they will win the Atlantic Division and the number one seed in the Eastern Conference.
"It's been a battle all year".
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"It has been a tough schedule for us but that's not an excuse", Pastrnak said.
The B's need at team-wide effort to ensure the Maple Leafs' power play doesn't swing a game - or the series.
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Boston ranks #2 in the Atlantic division, #2 in the Eastern conference and #4 in the National Hockey League, with 110 points on the season.
A Bruins fan nearly since birth, you could tell by Bruce Cassidy's enthusiasm in his postgame press conference, shortly after the Bruins seized control of their own destiny Saturday, the Boston coach definitely wanted to win an Atlantic Division title and what he called an "Eastern Conference championship".
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Rask allowed four goals on 26 shots from the Panthers.
"We have a chance to move into first". "We had it in the third, but needed it right from the get go". Their weakest areas are win percentage when scoring first (#31), goals against per game (#30) and save percentage (#30). The Panthers are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Boston, 7-25 in the last 32 meetings and the home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. "We've worked hard to get here". "I think there's a lot of teams that didn't want to play us if we did make it in". Wingels harassed Zach Smith into a turnover as Smith tried to exit the Senators' zone, curled back into the slot with the puck, and put a shot home off the far goalpost from the left circle at 8:59. The Bruins, on the other hand, are 2-5-2 O/U in their last nine games overall and have posted just six overs in their previous 29 encounters with divisional opponents. "It's going to be extremely competitive and we have to be willing to sacrifice every little bit, every shift, and if we don't do that then we're going to lose. It's a big feat". That game against the Sabres and this game against the Bruins could very well mean nothing to the Panthers.
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However, that's really all the attacking prowess the Devils have as the team's second-leading scorer is 41 points behind Hall. Alex Ovechkin can still control any game on any given night despite becoming an elder statesman of the league at 32.
Head coach Mike Babcock says that the experience gained from last season's playoffs - the team's first with him behind the bench - the addition of some of their own veterans and the improvement he's seen in the young guys has prepared the Maple Leafs for whatever the Bruins have up their sleeve when the series begins in Boston on Thursday. Bruins LW Rick Nash missed his 11th straight game with an upper-body injury. This would have been a good spot to take a stab with the plus money, but now the Panthers could probably care less about ending the season on the end of a back to back in Boston. All that said, Toronto beat Boston three times in the regular season - each without Matthews in the lineup. The Leafs were 3-1 against the Bruins in the regular season.