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Bruce Cassidy, Bruins Discuss Back-To-Back Situation

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The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning played a tightly contested Game 2 on Tuesday night. The Lightning scored 4:30 into overtime to win the game 4-3 and even the series 1-1. Less than 24 hours after Game 2 concluded, Game 3 will faceoff. The Bruins and Lightning are right back at it tonight. That could be a good thing for Bruce Cassidy and his team.

“Sometimes it’s good to get right back at it when you lose a hockey game,” Bruce Cassidy told reporters. “You know, we’ll see tomorrow if that’s good for us, you saw their energy early on, they had good push, usually after a loss you have that. You know they may be riding high and going to build off that because they want to even the series. So that’s a tough one sometimes to answer.”

In terms of fatigue, Bruce Cassidy isn’t exactly worried. He didn’t think his team got overworked in Game 2.

“Minutes wise we were pretty good I thought,” Cassidy continued. “Balanced going into the overtime, obviously only a five minute overtime, so that part was good, I don’t think anybody had to go, no injuries so we didn’t really have to double shift anybody, so that part of our recovery should be OK.”

READY FOR A ‘BATTLE’

Brad Marchand expects a battle in Game 3. The dynamic Bruins winger, who continues to score at a torrid pace, admitted as much on Monday night. He expects the pace to be a challenge against this Lightning team.

“I think the biggest challenge obviously is the pace. They’re fast games out there,” Marchand said. “Slow ice makes it a little tougher. Like you said, that’s a team that competes hard and works very hard. To play that two nights in a row, it’s going to be a battle. Like you said, we all play back-to-backs all the time. No excuses come playoff time. You have to show up and you have to play.

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“You have to find a way to win. just have to rely on the whole group tomorrow. Everyone is going to have to have their best games if we want to compete with that team.”

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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