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May 15, 2019

The Bruins anticipate physicality with an attitude when they encounter the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final tonight at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

The Bruins took a 2-0 series lead with a 6-2 victory at the TD Garden on Sunday. The Hurricanes’ strategy from the onset was to establish a physical presence and create scoring chances through intimidation.

The Bruins countered Hurricanes first-year head coach Rod Brind’Amour’s rough-housing strategy with equal ferocity and produced goals in all three periods from secondary sources.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy anticipates the Hurricanes will take the same tact further fueled by desperation and egged on by their rabid fan base. The ’Canes are unbeaten (5-0) on home ice in the playoffs.

“We can match up with anybody in that regard,” said Cassidy prior to the team’s departure from Hanscom Field yesterday. “I agree with their urgency, they haven’t lost at home and they play a strong game in their building.

“Being a younger newer team to the playoffs, I think that’s really fueled them and I hear its real loud in there. I’ve been there when it’s been really loud and we’ll anticipate that atmosphere.

“I imagine they will be physical. They have been or tried to be in every game and we’ll match that with our physicality and go from there. But I expect the urgency level will be high and it will be loud and they will feed off that.”

Carolina right winger Michael Ferland was the Canes’ designated hitter in the first period on Sunday. Ferland hammered Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk in front of the Bruins bench and followed with a crushing hit on center Charlie Coyle on his next shift.

Grzelcyk recovered quickly and scored his second goal of the playoffs off a feed from Marcus Johansson to put Boston up 1-0 at 15:22. Grzelcyk scored again on the power play in the second period. Grzelcyk’s response to Ferland’s aggression did not go unnoticed on the Bruins’ bench.

“They started with a bang and Ferland had a massive hit on Gryz right in front of our bench and it might have woken him up a bit and sparked him,” said veteran right-wing David Backes.

“It was a great response by him. That kind of drove the effort from our guys that he was able to play through a huge hit like that and go out there and be productive. Everyone was onboard and for a younger guy to respond like that was fantastic.”

The Bruins were 1-1 after consecutive opening home games against the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Columbus Blue Jackets and countered with two road wins.

The Bruins closed out the Columbus with a 3-0 victory in Game 6 at Nationwide Arena. Winning two in Carolina is a tall order but within the scope of possibility.

“We have veteran guys who have won a Cup on the road,” said Cassidy. “They have played big games on the road so I don’t suspect it phases them where they play and the younger guys will feed off that calmness.

“We’ll just roll our lines and I think the players get into it a little better on the road in that regards.”

The Bruins anticipate physicality with an attitude when they encounter the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final tonight at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

The Bruins took a 2-0 series lead with a 6-2 victory at the TD Garden on Sunday. The Hurricanes’ strategy from the onset was to establish a physical presence and create scoring chances through intimidation.

The Bruins countered Hurricanes first-year head coach Rod Brind’Amour’s rough-housing strategy with equal ferocity and produced goals in all three periods from secondary sources.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy anticipates the Hurricanes will take the same tact further fueled by desperation and egged on by their rabid fan base. The ’Canes are unbeaten (5-0) on home ice in the playoffs.

“We can match up with anybody in that regard,” said Cassidy prior to the team’s departure from Hanscom Field yesterday. “I agree with their urgency, they haven’t lost at home and they play a strong game in their building.

“Being a younger newer team to the playoffs, I think that’s really fueled them and I hear its real loud in there. I’ve been there when it’s been really loud and we’ll anticipate that atmosphere.

“I imagine they will be physical. They have been or tried to be in every game and we’ll match that with our physicality and go from there. But I expect the urgency level will be high and it will be loud and they will feed off that.”

Carolina right winger Michael Ferland was the Canes’ designated hitter in the first period on Sunday. Ferland hammered Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk in front of the Bruins bench and followed with a crushing hit on center Charlie Coyle on his next shift.

Grzelcyk recovered quickly and scored his second goal of the playoffs off a feed from Marcus Johansson to put Boston up 1-0 at 15:22. Grzelcyk scored again on the power play in the second period. Grzelcyk’s response to Ferland’s aggression did not go unnoticed on the Bruins’ bench.

“They started with a bang and Ferland had a massive hit on Gryz right in front of our bench and it might have woken him up a bit and sparked him,” said veteran right-wing David Backes.

“It was a great response by him. That kind of drove the effort from our guys that he was able to play through a huge hit like that and go out there and be productive. Everyone was onboard and for a younger guy to respond like that was fantastic.”

The Bruins were 1-1 after consecutive opening home games against the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Columbus Blue Jackets and countered with two road wins.

The Bruins closed out the Columbus with a 3-0 victory in Game 6 at Nationwide Arena. Winning two in Carolina is a tall order but within the scope of possibility.

“We have veteran guys who have won a Cup on the road,” said Cassidy. “They have played big games on the road so I don’t suspect it phases them where they play and the younger guys will feed off that calmness.

“We’ll just roll our lines and I think the players get into it a little better on the road in that regards.”