Bruins Youngsters Stepping Up In Playoffs

David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with Charlie McAvoy #73 after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the first period at TD Garden on October 5, 2017. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Bruins will try for a commanding 3-1 series lead on the Maple Leafs in Game 4 tonight in Toronto and, to get it, they'll likely need more contributions from their young guys.

"I thought Charlie was much better in Game 3 than Game 2. He had a couple hiccups there, and he found his game - played more. Pretty effective night for him," head coach Bruce Cassidy said. "DeBrusk has been good. Steady. Offensively making some plays. He's checked well. I think Dant[on], for the most part, has done a good job away from the puck. Had a couple looks the other night - hit a post, had a chance late - so getting his feet wet. Grz[elcyk], obviously, we'll see how he is - he was fine for us. Kuraly, he's done a real good job. I put him a little farther than the other guys because of his age and because of his experience last year in the playoffs, so he's been through it a bit, and very good for us."

Matt Grzelcyk missed a Game 3 loss with a lower-body injury but, as the coach said, he was efficient in the two wins. 

The rookie's been impressed with Boston's youth, too.

"I think it's been positive. We're pretty aware that we're gonna need to play pretty important roles here just playing through the regular season. So it's been a focus of ours for a while that we need to be on our toes, and I think the guys have done pretty well so far," Grzelcyk said.

The puck drops tonight at 7.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman Reports

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