Many Bruins fans were worried about the Black and Gold’s state of mind after losing a grueling triple overtime Game 1 in Chicago. But how did they respond in Game 2? They had a 2-1 come-from-behind win in overtime to even the series up at one.
The Bruins are no strangers to adversity. And after losing Game 4 to the Blackhawks, the team will turn to taking care of business Saturday night in Chicago for a pivotal Game 5.
“I said it last night, you move on,” head coach Claude Julien said. “We’ve got two wins, we’ve got two losses. It’s about preparing for the next game and our mood is fine.”
The Bruins are in familiar territory. Two years ago against the Vancouver Canucks they were down 0-2, 3-2 and still managed to win the Cup in seven games. But, as many B’s players will tell you, this is not Vancouver and that is in the past.
The Black and Gold must must maintain better puck possession than they did Wednesday night at the TD Garden, where the Bruins missed an opportunity to take a 3-1 series lead. But there's still plenty of hockey ahead, beginning tonight.
“At this point, we just look to the next game, we gave ourselves a chance,” defenseman Adam McQuaid said. “It was good to see that we were able to keep fighting back and give ourselves a chance, but we’re at the point we are now and got to move on from last game.
“We have been saying, win or lose, you kind of take it in stride and you move on and get ready for the next game.”
Mistakes must be corrected and the Bruins must limit the scoring chances from Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp. There were too many instances where the trio were either left unmarked or beating Bruins to the puck for an odd-man rush.
“They threw everything at us and we knew they were going to come out hard,” said Brad Marchand. “I think we did a pretty good job playing with them, but we still didn’t play our best and I don’t think that was their best either, so I think you can expect a little better out of both teams next game.”
It's well known that the Bruins are capable of comebacks having stormed back from a 4-1 deficit in Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs with 10 minutes to go. And they demonstrated their resilience by bouncing back in Game 2 after their triple overtime loss to the Blackhawks in Game 1.
Now, the Bruins must steal one in Chicago so they can head home with a 3-2 series lead, and a chance to clinch the Stanley Cup in front of the 17,565 at TD Garden Monday night for Game 6.
Tuukka Rask allowed six goals in Game 4, but that will not repeat itself in Game 5. Look for Tuukka and the rest of the Bruins to bounce back Saturday night in front of a hostile United Center crowd.
“We can’t just rely on the fact that we have done in the past,” Rask said. “We have to go out there and make it happen again. We feel confident that we have it in us, but we have to be better.”
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