VANCOUVER, British Columbia — If the Bruins can find solace in anything after suffering consecutive painful losses in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final, it’s that recent history proves that they know how to escape an 0-2 hole.
At least, that’s the way Bruins coach Claude Julien looked at it tonight after his team’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
“We’ve been able to bounce back before,” Julien said. “We’ve gone through the experience of being down 2-0 against Montreal [in the first round, a series the Bruins won in seven games], and that was probably even worse because we lost to them at home. So it’s probably a better team here, absolutely a team that makes it to the final is a better team. It doesn’t change the fact that we’ve been through it. We didn’t come here to roll over.”
Of course, it’s not exactly the same. The Canucks, after nearly blowing a three-games-to-none lead against the defending champion Blackhawks in the first round, blew through the powerful Western Conference. Statistically and aesthetically, they have been the NHL’s best team in 2010-11. Digging out of such a deficit against Roberto Luongo, royal pest Alexandre Burrows, and the Sedin twins is more challenging than overcoming the Canadiens in Rd. 1.
But that doesn’t stop Julien from using it as a parallel and a positive.
“We’ve seen it happen in front of our own eyes,” he said. “We were down 2-0, came back and won the series. I don’t think there’s any reason here to not be positive. You don’t get this far, guys, and all of a sudden hang your head.
He noted that the Canucks did what they were supposed to do.
“They had home-ice advantage, won their first two home games. We’ve got
to go back home and do the same. One game at a time, as you hear always.
We win the first game, it builds up momentum, and you get yourself back in
“It’s not the end of the world here, guys. We lost the game, but
we’re a better team than that, and we’re a team that’s bounced back all
through the season. I don’t see an issue here.”