1-Bruins must stay disciplined.
This one may be the biggest key of them all. Stay disciplined and don’t get caught up in any antics that put the powerful Capitals on the power play.
Yes, the Bruins have done a good job in the series killing penalties and had the second-ranked penalty-killing unit in the league during the regular season, but you can’t keep giving the Caps opportunities. Sooner or later they will make you pay.
There is some frustration with the hit Dmitri Orlov laid on Kevan Miller in the second period of Game 4, but you can’t get caught taking penalties. The best way to answer that is the scoreboard. Going into the series, the Bruins knew that a big part of Washington’s style is how physical they play.
While the Bruins have matched the physicality sometimes, they are the ones with a 3-1 series lead and one win away from advancing to the second round. Staying out of the box is key and don’t get caught up in the antics of Tom Wilson and company. You have worked too hard to get to this point.
Closing out a series is the toughest win to get in sports. The Bruins have three chances to do it against the Capitals, beginning tonight at 7 p.m.