The Boston Bruins are down. But they’re certainly not out.

The B’s will take the ice Saturday night for a must-win road game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Not only do they need a victory, but they also need the Pittsburgh Penguins to lose to the Buffalo Sabres in order to earn the final wild-card spot in the NHL’s Eastern Conference.

Boston has had a frustrating last two games, and emotions undoubtedly are running high with the possibility of missing the postseason looming on the horizon. NESN’s Andy Brickley has been there before, though, and before the big matchup, he observed that playing with an edge can benefit the Bruins in their do-or-die matchup.

“If you have those emotions, if you have that kind of channeled anger in a game that you have to win because it’s an elimination game for the Boston Bruins … that’s all good,” Brickley told broadcast partner Jack Edwards. “You wake up that way, you have that feeling, you can’t get to the rink early enough.”

Hear more from Brickley in the video above.

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