May 12, 2013
Bruins have left door ajar for Leafs
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency
BOSTON - Surely it has to be hard on the heart, but it’s how the Bruins roll in the playoffs.
Why finish a series in four or five games when six or seven still allows you to reach the same goal?
The Bruins certainly aren’t thinking that way now, of course, yet they have to recognize that an opportunity escaped them on Friday night when they lost 2-1 to the Leafs.
And the longer they go in a series, the more the edge of veteran savvy and experience diminishes.
“The one thing that has been a challenge for us in the past has been closing out series,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said on Saturday before the team headed to Toronto for the Game 6 they desperately wanted to avoid.
“We know that. We’re aware of that.”
Who isn’t, really? Including the Leafs, who have to gain at least a pinch of confidence given the Bruins recent playoff history.