There were plenty of history lessons taking place inside the Bruins' dressing room after an optional skate at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday morning prior to Game 3 against the New York Rangers. The Bruins know they have the upper hand in the best-of-seven series after taking the first two games in Boston, but they’re also well aware that the Blueshirts were in a similar predicament in the first round against the Washington Capitals before they turned things around in the series.

So the Black and Gold are both looking not to repeat recent Stanley Cup playoff history, and also hoping to show some killer instinct after letting the Maple Leafs off the mat after holding a 3-1 lead in their own first round series.

“We know what happened against Washington with them being down 2-0. We want to make sure we don’t take it for granted, and we know they play an extremely hard game. This would be a completely different series if we didn’t get a couple of lucky bounces,” Brad Marchand said. “We want to make sure we bringing our best [for Game 3] and hope for the best.”

“We try to learn from every situation. Being up against Toronto, we realize that let them back into it. We didn’t have the killer instinct. Whether it’s the power play or the penalty kill, we want to kill their momentum to kill their game. We want to make sure we step up and do the job. We did that last game, and we want to make sure we bring out best. They’re going to come out hard, and if we’re not prepared they’ll roll over us.”

There were a couple of big developments that helped turn things around for the Rangers in the first round against the Caps. Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi were teamed together as a defensive pairing that shut down Alex Ovechkin, and Henrik Lundqvist took it to the highest level while pitching shutouts in Games 6 and 7.