Bruce Cassidy returns to Boston to play NHL’s ‘best team right now’


Cassidy returns to Boston to play NHL’s ‘best team right now’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

BOSTON — How much does Monday night’s game against the Boston Bruins mean to the Vegas Golden Knights players?

Well, they had head coach Bruce Cassidy lead the post-morning skate stretch. A coach leading the stretch? You don’t see that very often.

When was the last time Cassidy did that?

“Ah, never, I don’t think,” he said. “It was tough getting down there with this fake knee and hip, but I made it.”

Monday night’s matchup figures to be an emotional couple hours for Cassidy, who spent five-plus successful seasons as Bruins head coach before being fired in May. He quickly landed on his feet and was hired by the Golden Knights, who enter this matchup with the Western Conference’s best record at 18-7-1.

Any extra juice for Cassidy entering this game? If there is, he’s not telling us.

“I don’t play. I think players go through that a lot more,” Cassidy explained. “I saw it with Jack (Eichel) in Buffalo. I see it with different players that go back home. I think with coaches, it’s a little different. You’re just trying to game plan and give them as much information as needed without overloading them. They don’t want to hear everything about Boston, we’re a pretty good team in our own right. They just want to hear the coach give them a plan on what’s the best way to beat them, and that’s what we’ll focus on.

“In terms of (extra) juice, we’re competitive coaches. We want to win every game, right? Most coaches when they go back want to put their best foot forward. That’s the way I look at it. I want to show, ‘Hey, we’re a pretty good team, too,’ and let the chips fall where they may.”

A diplomatic answer from Cassidy, but let’s be honest: A win for the Golden Knights — who could be without their best player in Jack Eichel due to injury — that ends the Bruins’ record-setting unbeaten start to the season at the Garden (14-0-0) would be a heck of a…

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