The Boston Bruins started the Eastern Conference Finals off on the right foot as they skated away with a 5-2 win in Game 1.
It was a big message sent by the Bruins who were without one of their best defenseman with Charlie McAvoy sidelined because of suspension.
Steven Kampfer got the chance to suit up with McAvoy out and scored the opening goal while Connor Clifton stepped in for McAvoy beside Zdeno Chara.
Goalie Tuukka Rask was impressed with how everybody stepped up in McAvoy's absence.
“Yeah, it’s awesome,” Rask said of the defensemen stepping up with McAvoy out. “I’m not surprised at all, we have been doing that all year. It’s great to see. (Kampfer) got the big goal for us in the first period. We defended hard again, big blocks, got pucks outs. That’s what we have to do this time of year.”
The only goals the Bruins let in were a powerplay goal and another goal which could have easily been called no goal for interference.