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Boston Bruins Quarterfinal Notes, Chapter 5

Greg M. Cooper – USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins weren’t able to put the finishing touches on their quarterfinal series with the Toronto Maple Leafs in game five, skating to a 2-1 loss and not showing a lot of energy or engagement until the third period.

Just before hauling up to Toronto for game six of the series, they held an optional practice in their home barn that was actually very well-attended, considering its status. One of the attendees was Wade Redden, who sat out game five for an unknown reason. Of course, everyone’s going to keep information about absent players very close to their chests during the playoffs, but he was declared day-to-day at the time. Actually, he remained day-to-day following practice.

Who would’ve thought that Bruins fans would be so concerned about the status of Redden? Yet, consider how Andrew Ference messed up pretty badly when he was where Redden would’ve been on the power play.

During that practice, too, the team tried to keep it light and fun with drills, while always being cognizant of the fact that they need to do better, not take things for granted, work hard, start off strong, keep up the tempo–you know the drill. Standard-issue post-loss stuff, really, but amplified to a higher degree of importance simply because it’s the postseason. It remains to be seen if they’ll take these lessons to heart and impart them tomorrow night, though.

Also, hey, it’s Brad Marchand‘s birthday. The world has had the presence of the honey badger for 25 years now. He’s also part of the second line that has, somewhat surprisingly, been called out for accountability and a general lack of production in the playoffs so far.

See what the Bruins can do in game six tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Yes, it’s Mother’s Day! So go spend some time with your mama. Then watch some hockey. Maybe you can even watch it with her. It will be on NBC Sports Network or CNBC.