They are the big, bad Bruins after all and, come playoff time, they intend to show it.
With the repercussions so stiff, it may not come in the form of fisticuffs, but as the Stanley Cup champions from two years ago get set to launch what they hope will be another long post-season run, they are professing to be armed and ready.
In the other corner, the Leafs have made it to the playoffs for the first time in nine years with their own brand of feistiness, setting up what figures to be a grinding clash when the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final gets under way here at the TD Garden on Wednesday night.
“Probably 30%,” bruising Bruins winger Milan Lucic said when asked Tuesday how much the physical game accelerates when the Cup tournament begins. “Guys are willing to do that much more. I think on every team you get to kind of see who the guys are that are willing to put themselves and their body on the line in order to win and who the pretenders are.