Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bruins Hope Lesson Learned from Leafs Series Serves Them Well against Red Wings

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bruins Hope Lesson Learned from Leafs Series Serves Them Well against Red Wings

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Bruins hope Leafs lesson serves them well

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Milan Lucic wasn't 15 minutes removed from celebrating an emotional overtime victory when he recalled what happened to the Boston Bruins against the Toronto Maple Leafs a year ago.

"We were in this position last year, same thing, winning Game 4 in overtime in Toronto and we all know what happened after that," he said.

What looked like the Bruins coasting turned into a memorable series. Boston wound up advancing after the Leafs' even-more-memorable Game 7 collapse, but it's the lesson from letting it get that far that has the Bruins focused on trying to finish off the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Boston took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with Detroit following a 3-2 overtime victory Thursday night.

"We all know how hard it is to close out a series and we all know how desperate they're going to be heading into Saturday," Lucic said. "You don't want to do anything to give the other team life in a series."

In the 2013 Eastern Conference quarter-finals, the Leafs got life thanks to a stellar performance from James Reimer and goals by Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur. No doubt Detroit could do the same thing in Game 5 at TD Garden if goalie Jonas Gustavsson catches lightning in a bottle and the same young Detroit players who led the club into the playoffs find some kind of scoring touch.

Through four games, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan all have no points. Game 4 wasn't a shining moment for any of them.

"I didn't know if we had a lot of good players, especially our young guys," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "When I go through and look at 'em I don't go, 'He had a great game, he had a great game.' I don't do that at all. They were dressed."

Babcock conceded earlier in the day the playoffs are a difficult time of year and young players must "learn how to play" under this kind of pressure. …

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