The Bruins, having split the first two games at HSBC Arena, return to TD Garden for Monday’s Game 3 with home ice on their side. Home, however, hasn’t been kind to the Bruins this season (18-17-6 at the Garden during the regular season).
“We won the last couple games,” coach Claude Julien said. “Even in some of them that we lost, we were dominant.”
* No word yet on Thomas Vanek’s status, but Julien said the Bruins won’t base their game plan on Vanek’s availability. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with him,” Julien said. “I certainly don’t want to be speculating here and putting all my eggs in one basket that he’s not going to play next game. I think what’s gotten us here is how we’ve played, not who they’ve had in the lineup. They might be missing Vanek and they might be missing a couple players. So are we, when you talk about [Marc] Savard and two D’s that are in our top four [Dennis Seidenberg and Mark Stuart]. That’s just the reality of the game. If you spend your time worrying about what you haven’t got, you’re wasting your time preparing for what you’ve got. I’m going to concentrate on our team. If he plays tomorrow, they’ll have a pretty good player back in their lineup. If they don’t, they’re missing a good player out of their lineup. But that’s their problem. Not ours.”
* The Bruins have released 200 tickets for Game 3 that were previously on hold. They are available at the Garden box office, Ticketmaster, or www.bostonbruins.com.
UPDATE: According to the Buffalo News, Thomas Vanek is doubtful for Game 3 because of a lower-body injury.