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The Boston Bruins are getting set to head down to Carolina for tomorrow night’s Game 3 against the Hurricanes. A win for the B’s would give them a stranglehold on the series and put them within just a single victory of the Stanley Cup Final. During their off-day, a number of players met with the media prior to jetting off. Although they weren’t taking Bear Force One, there was still plenty of buzz for this flight.

Forwards David Pastrnak, David Backes and Sean Kuraly met with reporters, while Bruce Cassidy had an update on some potential lineup changes and on his injured players.

Backes touched on heading down to a hostile environment in Carolina, where the Hurricanes are 5-0 this postseason, along with how this series cannot be considered over. Even with a win tomorrow night, Backes was sure to mention that there is still work to do.

Kuraly, meanwhile, had to work his way back into the lineup after being banged up in the Toronto series. He touched on how the Bruins have been able to shut down Carolina’s offensive weapons and how pushing the pace has really helped Boston early in this series. Like Backes, Kuraly talked about the storm awaiting the Bruins inside PNC Arena Tuesday night.

Sneakily, the Bruins have been very good on the road this season. Pastrnak touches on that and how impressed he has been with Boston’s depth scoring this playoff run.

Lastly, coach Bruce Cassidy talked about the Bruins’ defenders stepping up and scoring in Game 2, with three goals from depth defenders Connor Clifton and Matt Grzelcyk. In addition, Cassidy talked about the desperation and expected physicality of the Hurricanes in Game 3, where he made sure to point out the Canes haven’t lost this postseason.

Alex is a 2016 graduate of Springfield College who is currently a writer with Boston Hockey Now and The Oilers Rig. Outside of writing, you can find Alex in rinks around New England as the Play-by-Play voice of the USPHL’s Boston Junior Bruins. In addition, he does broadcasting work for Northeastern University, Holy Cross And UMass-Lowell. Reach him on Twitter: @Alex_Thomas14

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