BOSTON (WPRI) — Bill Belichick has set the standard of excellence in New England. Alex Cora won it all his rookie year. Brad Stevens was one game from the NBA Finals. Now Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy might be next in line.
Cassidy and the Boston Bruins take a 1-0 series lead into this afternoon’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Carolina Hurricanes, knocking on the door of a commanding 2-0 lead and inching closer to a Stanley Cup Final appearance.
The Bruins used four third period goals on Thursday night in Game 1 to erase a 2-1 deficit and cruise to victory.
The good news for Boston is that top defenseman Charlie McAvoy will return to action after missing the opener for a suspension on a hit he delivered in the previous series.
With McAvoy’s return, it looks like Steven Kampfer may be the odd man out on the blue line, per Cassidy.
Eyewitness Sports will have complete coverage of Game 2 starting at 6:30 p.m. and will have full highlights, team reaction from the locker room and live reports from Boston after the game.
Here are some notes and quotes from TD Garden this week that will set the table before puck drop:
- The Bruins offense has scored the most goals (45) in the postseason and has scored the most power play goals (12) of any team in the NHL Playoffs.
- The Bruins are allowing an average of 2.14 goals per game, the lowest mark of any time in the NHL Playoffs.
- Brad Marchand leads all players with 15 postseason points (5 goals, 10 assists)
Bruce Cassidy on the unique bond in the Bruins locker room: “I’ve said it over and over. It’s special. They’ll tell you. They play for one another. They always have here. The Chara’s, the Bergeron’s, the Krejci’s these guys that are great teammates. It makes your job a lot easier. I’ve been in different jobs and so have other people around here they could tell you the same thing. I’m not telling you to blow smoke, I’m just telling you how it is.”
Torey Krug on the Bruins’ top power play line, the best unit, statistically, in the NHL Playoffs: “We have the talent, the grit and the determination that anytime we jump over the boards we can change the game.”
Chris Wagner on Cassidy’s leadership style: “He’s hard on us when he has to be, but he also knows when to step back and leave it to the (leaders) to say something in the room to get us going because I think we all know that it means more coming from the player than the coach. His technique and knowing when to push the right buttons has obviously worked pretty well for us.”