The third win over the Toronto Maple Leafs was pretty difficult. And yet the Boston Bruins know that the fourth will be even harder.
The Bruins returned to the TD Garden for an optional practice on Thursday, just hours after David Krejci completed a hat trick with an overtime winner that gave Boston a 3-1 lead over Toronto in the best-of-seven playoff series.
''I guess you see yourself already in the second round,'' said Krejci, who scored the game-winner at 13:06 of the extra period. ''But sometimes you forget about what you have to do. It's really hard. It's really tough to get the last win.''
Game 5 is Friday night. With a win, the Bruins would advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the fourth time in five years and spoil Toronto's hopes for its first playoff series victory since 2004.
''You know the other team is going to throw everything at you because it's do-or-die for them,'' said Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who stopped 45 shots in Game 4. ''You kind of have to ...