The Bruins know that they didn't play their best in Game 5 on Monday, even though it was good enough for a 3-1 win. In fact, the Bruins have struggled for a majority of the last five periods dating back to their Game 3 collapse in Tampa Bay.
But the B's are aware of all this, which is why they intend to play Game 6 on Wednesday as if they are on the brink of elimination themselves — not the Lightning.
NESN's Barry Pederson is a bit skepticial given how the team played in their last two periods at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. But he noted that the Bruins and Lightning have each struggled at points throughout the series. However, he said that with Tim Thomas and a hungry Bruins team, anything is possible.
Johnny Boychuk, who left Game 5 after a hit from Steve Downie, is expected to play. He said that the Bruins need to make sure they're ready to play, and that one of the keys will be to limit the amount of odd-man rushes that the Tampa Bay offense receives.
To hear what else Pederson and Boychuk had to say about Wednesday's Game 6 matchup, check out the video above from NESN Daily.