Wednesday night was a complete disaster for the Boston Bruins. The Bruins were bulldozed 7-1 by the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The Lightning now lead the series 2-1, and can gain a stranglehold on Friday night in Game 4.
What do you do after a loss like that? Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy had some ideas postgame.
“Well I think you got to say something, you can’t just throw it out. We’ll make some adjustments,” Cassidy said. “They moved Kucherov to his forehand side the other night so we’ll look at how we need to sort of handle that. Power plays, generally you’re trying to limit who has the puck, who it runs through if you can, who’s doing the shooting, so they did a good job with it. So like I said typically we’re really good on the kill so we’ll talk about that.
“Five on five how we can obviously generate more offense, we talked about it before. We want to get our D involved a little more. Find ways to get pucks through to the net. So that’s an area we can talk about.”
Cassidy doesn’t just believe that strategy needs to be addressed. He’s also looking for players to step up on nights like Wednesday.
“We’ve got guys in the middle of the lineup we challenged to be better. To drive the bus on a night like tonight where young legs matter. Clearly that didn’t happen enough and we’ll continue to push that message,” Cassidy continued. “As a whole let’s face it. They were better than us in every facet of the game so we got our work cut out for us. But it’s one loss, and put our best foot forward in Game 4. Try to even the series then by playing a lot better and a lot smarter.”