Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 31: Head coach Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins handles the bench during the second period against the New York Islanders in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on May 31, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Bruins aren’t close to being in trouble after losing Game 2 to the New York Islanders, not yet. But they certainly have some areas to improve in Game 3, particularly on defense.

Head coach Bruce Cassidy stressed a few finer details of the game that could have been better for the Bruins in Game 2 on Monday night, a 4-3 overtime loss that tied their series with the Islanders 1-1. Much of the discussion in my postgame podcast with Ty Anderson focused on the Bruins’ forward lines, because we know they can be better. But can Boston’s inexperienced defense get much better than it’s been?

If you ask Cassidy, he’ll tell you a few ways the defense can clean it up ahead of Game 3 on Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum. He addressed those areas when he spoke to reporters on Wednesday in the immediate aftermath of the Bruins’ Game 2 loss.

Here’s a rundown of what Cassidy wants to see his defense do better in Game 3…

Ty Anderson and I had more thoughts on these topics in our postgame podcast that came out soon after Game 2. Hit the “Play” button below for some Game 3 pregame listening.

Game 3 starts at 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday night. You can get the call of the game with Judd Sirott and Bob Beers on 98.5 The Sports Hub, starting with pregame coverage at 7.

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