To the brink of elimination in a Stanley Cup Final — the Bruins have been here before.
They’ve won here before, too.
When Boston won the Cup in 2011, they trailed 3-2 to the Canucks entering Game 6. The Bruins rallied, winning the next two games by a combined 9-2 score.
“We have some experience here,” said Brad Marchand, who tallied three goals in the final two games of 2011. “We need to realize to win this game we have to leave everything on the ice. That’s what we did last time so hopefully we can do it again.”
With Finals tied 2-2, teams that win Game 5 have won the Cup 15 out of 22 times (68.2 percent).
That hasn’t been the case recently.
Since 2001, four of the past six teams to lose Game 5 have rebounded to win the championship.
That, of course, includes the Bruins.
“I think the big picture is just win two games,” forward Nathan Horton said. “We concentrate on one at a time.”
Since Julien took over in 2008, his Bruins teams have faced elimination 14 times.
Boston is 10-4 in those games.
“Yeah I like our chances,” rookie forward Carl Soderberg said. “They’re not bad.”