For the second time in three games, the Bruins fell behind two goals before they scored their first in Game 3, and have trailed in the third period of every game so far in their second round series against Montreal.
Coach Claude Julien knows that trend will have to change if the Bruins hope to even up this series before it heads back to Boston.
“We dug ourselves a hole too big to get out of tonight,” he said after Game 3. “[Montreal] played a better game tonight than they did in Boston… At the same time, I got to talk about our team, and our team just wasn’t good enough at the start to give ourselves a chance here, so we need to rebound here and make sure that we’re ready for the start of the game from the drop of the puck.”
The Bruins’ line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Jarome Iginla has been a ghost so far in this series, totaling two goals, three assists, and a plus/minus rating of -4.
“This is a line that has been hot and cold for us in the playoffs so far,” Julien said. “David has shown a little bit of frustration there, so he’s got to battle through that stuff, but you know it’s a line that has given us a lot this year and sometimes you have to have a little trust, and right now that’s what I’ve got, but things have to get better from that line for us to be successful.”
Julien wouldn’t show his deck on whether he was planning on any significant lineup changes for Game 4 Thursday night.
“It’s a little early for me to answer that,” he said. “I’ve got 48 hours to think about it.”