B's feeling ‘the tension, the excitement' with emotions on high in a do-or-die Game 6

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TORONTO – The Boston Bruins aren’t going to deny there’s tension among their ranks in a do-or-die Game 6 against the Toronto Maple Leafs this afternoon at Scotiabank Arena, and presumably that’s going to bring out their best.

The Bruins are a daunting 3-20 in playoff series where they’ve fallen behind 3-2 in the best-of-seven format, but they’re also a far more decent 10-23 in the Game 6’s when they’ve faced that situation. It may or may not play out that way again in a Game 7 on home ice where they’ve already dropped two out of their three games to Toronto at TD Garden in the series, but the Bruins are planning to wear their hearts on their collective sleeves on Easter Sunday afternoon in Toronto.

“Obviously it’s a big day for us. You can feel the tension, the excitement. There are a lot of emotions going right now, but that’s hockey,” said Brad Marchand, who has been the most effective of Boston’s big three forwards in this series with two goals and six points along with a plus-2 in the five games played. “It’s playoff time and that’s what makes it so exciting. So it’s going to be a fun game. There’s a very energetic crowd in this building. It’s a fun building to play in, so it should be a fun game.”

It remains to be seen how it’s all going to play out, but Bruce Cassidy is looking for the same kind of desperate, physical response that punctuated Game 2, and really seemed to throw the Maple Leafs off their game for the only time in the series.

“I’d much rather see us play on our toes, be assertive and play with urgency and have it not go our way. That’s what we’ve done all year. We’re a team that plays on our toes and we’ve won some and lost some, but we’ve won a lot more than we’ve lost,” said Bruce Cassidy. “That’s typically how we like to play and I’d like to see us get back to our identity in that regard. Some of that has been [about concern for] Toronto stretching the zone, but maybe there’s just too much thinking and not enough freakin’ playing. That’s what we’re up against right now.”

The Bruins will get one more opportunity to “freakin’ play” on Sunday afternoon with elimination on the line, and they did to decide if the urgency is there to live on for at least one more game Tuesday night in Boston for an all-decided Game 7 scenario.  

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