The Bruins also need more urgency and production from their top line of Patrice Bergeron between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, which has had one good game of three in the series so far.
David Pastrnak beats Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen, one of two goals on the night for the Boston winger in Game 4 at Scotiabank Arena.
"They found the formula", Cassidy said of Columbus, which is now awaiting the victor of this series in the second round.
The Leafs outshot the Bruins 42-31 and during five-on-five play had 70 shot attempts to Boston's 43. It was the first time they scored three power-play goals in one period of a playoff game since moving to Dallas before the 1993-94 season.
"If I contribute something offensively, it's always a plus", he said modestly. But we're right there - we had some opportunities to tie it up late.
The result of this game leaves me feeling _ and I hope game five _. If it's the latter, try to take a positive view! They were a force on even strength and even more risky on the power play as the Bruins cruised to a 107-point season.
"I think they're trying real hard one-on-one to get there".
Boston gave up goals to Auston Matthews and Travis Dermott before sealing the deal with an empty-net goal. With approximately four minutes remaining, Zach Hyman appeared to suffer a leg injury and crawled to the bench, where he sat in obvious pain. There was one single moment in this game that could have shifted the momentum ever so slightly in the Bruins favor, though and it happened in the game's final minutes.
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"I thought we had real good energy", Leafs coach Mike Babcock said."I didn't think we had the kind of brain all that time that we wanted". "Not too many teams did this year, it wasn't just us, I think a lot of teams would tell you they were a handful".
Chances are we won't know Cassidy's plans until the puck drops for Game 4, even if he does scramble things a bit in practice.
"We have to figure out how to keep a lead - and once we get a couple, just keep pushing". If the Bruins can get a little more of a spring in their step, they will put the Leafs under duress and might be able to locate those soft spots to which Cassidy refers.
The Leafs have to buy in completely to being sound defensively.
Game 5 is Friday at TD Garden.
Hainsey snorted, more or less. "It just takes one goal, one bounce, one hit". "Any sort of stat category is really of minimal concern".
They were expected to keep their dominance going in Boston's first-round matchup with the Maple Leafs.
The Bruins then got a power play when Matthews went off for roughing, and Marchand whipped a backhand pass to a wide-open Pastrnak, who snapped the puck shortside on Andersen for his second goal in 1:35, and Boston's second with the man advantage. Perhaps John Tavares is the reason why! It makes everyone else around you better. This time of year, it's very small differences, so just stay with it and build off the good things.