BEDFORD, Mass. — Just off the plane from Pittsburgh, coach Claude Julien and a handful of Bruins players met with the media at Hanscom Air Force Base just after 11 a.m. today. And while none of them were declaring their series with the Penguins over, they were surely happy to return home with two games in hand.
“Any time you can come back from a road trip like that having won both games, it’s encouraging,” Julien said. “Our team is really playing good hockey right now, without a doubt the best we’ve had this year. And that will have to continue to beat these guys.
“I think we understand the situation here. We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves here. We understand these next games are crucial for us, just as much as it is for them.”
Julien reminded reporters that the Bruins have been in the Penguins’ position before, notably when they lost the first two games of their first-round series at home to Montreal in 2011. They came back to win that series en route to taking the Cup.
Asked if anyone might take the situation for granted, Julien said, “I would think not. Not after everything we’ve been through, with the ups and downs of playoff hockey. We’ve had our share of downs, so we have to make sure we stay up.”
He looked back on Game 7 of the series against the Maple Leafs, calling it a “real big turning point for us.”
But that doesn’t mean getting the next two wins will be easy.
“We haven’t lost faith in what we can do, but also we haven’t lost track of what they can do as well,” Julien said. “They’re a potent scoring team and we’ve got to make sure we stay on top of our game. It’s as simple as that.”