Bruins Vets Help Younger Teammates Prepare For Playoffs

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Matt Grzelcyk. (Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci, Zdeno Chara, Adam McQuaid, and Tuukka Rask were all members of the Bruins when they won the Stanley Cup in 2011.

Brian Gionta hoisted the Cup in 2003 for the Devils.

Rookie Matt Grzelcyk's never played in the NHL playoffs, but he said the B's veterans have been helpful getting him ready for tonight's opener against the Maple Leafs.

"I think they've kind of been a lot more vocal recently the past couple of days, making sure they use their experience as much as they can, just trying to help us out," he said. "It's actually really good, I appreciate it. Anything they say, we're going to take very seriously, because they've had those experiences, and they've won the ultimate prize. It's great to have them around, and I'm really fortunate."

Brad Marchand Has Experience Playing For Leafs Coach Mike Babcock - Thumbnail Image

Brad Marchand Has Experience Playing For Leafs Coach Mike Babcock

Grzelcyk did enjoy 17 postseason games in the AHL last year, though, and the defenseman believes that can't hurt.

"To have us go three rounds last year, I think that was huge, experience-wise, for all of us who were down in Providence last year," he said. "I think that's something that we can kind of put in our back pocket a little bit. Obviously it's a little bit different now, being up in the NHL."

Puck drops Thursday night at 7 p.m.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports

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