The Bruins spoke nearly consistently over the 48 hours before Game 5 about coming out with energy because they knew they would have to match the urgency of the Leafs.
Yet, they couldn’t do it.
They were outworked and outmuscled for most of the first 40 minutes before a last period push fell short in a 2-1 loss to the Maple Leafs  Friday night at TD Garden.
“Yeah, we’re expecting them to come out hard,” Patrice Bergeron  said. “They did and we didn’t match it. Yeah, it is disappointing, but at the same time it’s a series so we got to think about the next game now and make sure we’re ready.
“We didn’t come out the way that we should have come out in order to win the game, in order to get some momentum and we knew they were going to come out hard and we didn’t match it and we were kind of scrambling after that. But, I thought we got to play like we did in the third and now look forward to Game 6, but it’s going to be a tough one so we need to make sure we’re ready for a big game.”
The next game will be Sunday night and somehow the Bruins will have to find a way to win all three games in Toronto if they are to avoid a Game 7 winner-take-all Monday night back at TD Garden.
The Bruins did show signs of life in the third, and the hope is that will carry over to Sunday night. But right now, it’s only hope.
“That’s the way we had to play in order to get the result,” Bergeron said of the Bruins’ third period, in which they scored the only goal and outshot Toronto, 19-4.
“They’re a good team, and we thought that the third period was much better and the chances were there to show for them,” Bergeron said. “I thought we didn’t get the start we wanted obviously, and they have some good forwards, so you got to make sure you do the job with the puck, in the critical situation of the bluelines, and some breakdowns in our zone that we got to be better also. So, like you said, it is a game of mistakes, but we got to make sure we avoid them as much as possible.”
As far as thinking about the what-if of losing Game 6, Bergeron said the Bruins can’t afford to think about past failures in close-out situations. They are now 4-7 in their last 10 such games.
“Well, obviously we’re not looking in the past,” Bergeron said. “We’re thinking about this year and tonight it wasn’t the start that we needed in order to do close that game and that series. So, now we have to look ahead at Game 6.”
Bergeron was asked how difficult it is to match a team’s desperation in the playoffs when they face elimination and the other team – the Bruins in this case – does not.
“I don’t think it should,” Bergeron said. “It’s about us, being desperate and finding a way. Like I said, now it’s we knew they were going to come out hard, they did and now it’s about making sure we’re ready for Game 6.”
If the Bruins want to close out in Game 6, they need to finish scoring chances like the one presented to Bergeron midway through the second period. He was all alone in front of James Reimer and the Leafs goalie stuck out his right pad at the last second to preserve the shutout at the time.
“Well, I was turning around. The puck came out really fast at me,” Bergeron said. “I was kind of still turning. I just tried to go as fast as I could. Obviously I’d like to see that one again. It’s one of those things that in the moment you’re just trying to put it in the back of the net, but now obviously I had more time than I thought I had and it’s got to go in.”
If the Bruins play Game 6 with the same urgency they did in the third period, will they win?
“It’s the way we got to play to have results,” Bergeron said. “We’re expecting again, really tough game over there and that’s the only way we need to play in order to have success. We’ve got to find a way. We can’t just be frustrated. We got to go out there and do it for our team.”