Need to Know: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs | Game 5

Need to Know: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs |  Game 5

The Bruins know the Maple Leafs will play desperate hockey, which will require strong focus from the moment the puck drops.

“We expect them to come out strong,” Zacha said. “We have to know that they performed quite well every game and I think that is something we really have to focus on with a good start and I think we are ready for that.

“That’s very important for us at the start of the game, to be simple and beat them there. The crowd, you can use it as a push to steer you in the right direction. It’s great to play at home, so we’re excited.”

As the Bruins split the first two games of the series on home ice, DeBrusk echoed his teammate’s sentiments and said they should be able to use the TD Garden crowd to their advantage.

“Having home ice is always good in the playoffs,” DeBrusk said. “But I think Monty said it perfectly: we have to play a simple game, be on top, play behind and build on our game. I think we clearly got the results we wanted there, but in saying that we know that tonight is going to be the toughest game and they will give it everything. We have to match that.”

Simply put, the Bruins will embrace the opportunity in front of them on Tuesday night.

“It’s great to be in the playoffs and to be in the situation we put ourselves in with the hard work all year and every game of the playoffs,” Zacha said. “Everyone should be grateful that we are in this position and that we can play at home and have a chance to field a good team. That is exciting for us.”

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