BOSTON, MA - Throughout the postseason, the Bruins' mindset - win or lose - has always been to focus on just one game, the task at hand. They didn't look back, and didn't look ahead to what might be.
Right now, more than ever for the Black & Gold, it's about one game, Game Six, Monday night at TD Garden, to decide whether they'll get on a plane to Chicago for Game Seven and a shot at the Stanley Cup, or they'll stay grounded in Boston.
But even that's looking too far ahead at this point.
Right now, more than ever, it's about playing desperate hockey. And the Bruins are in that right state of mind.
"I think our guys have been through enough that they're fine," B's Head Coach Claude Julien told media Sunday afternoon at TD Garden, after he and his team had flown back from Chicago, following Saturday night's 3-1 loss that has pushed them to the brink.
BOSTON, MA - The Bruins flew back to Boston Sunday in preparation for a do-or-die Game Six Monday night at TD Garden - and Patrice Bergeron was with the team.
According to B's Head Coach Claude Julien, the alternate captain is "day-to-day," meaning he could be a possibility to play Monday night against Chicago.
"Day-to-day is really good news to me, anyways," said Julien, before gesturing to media spanned out in front of him during his off-day press conference. "Should be to you guys."
After only playing two short shifts in the second period of Saturday night's Game 5, 3-1 loss to the Hawks, Bergeron did not play for the rest of the game Saturday night and was transported to a local hospital for observation. He was discharged that night, before flying with his teammates. Specifics of the injury are respectfully staying under wraps.
BostonBruins.com - The Bruins scored two goals on five power-plays in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Final, against what has been the league-leading penalty kill by the Chicago Blackhawks for much of the postseason and still sits at 90.3-percent.
The Black & Gold couldn't capitalize by earning the win in overtime and let in an uncharacteristic shorthanded goal against, but, the production from the B's man-advantage is something of note as the series becomes a best-of-three beginning tonight in Chicago with Game Five.
Boston's power play is now at 18.6 percent, having converted on 20 of 59 opportunities through 20 games this postseason. On the road, that increases to 20.8 percent (9-for-24).
A breakdown of the series so far shows the Bruins 1-for-3 on the power play in Game 1, 0-for-2 in Game 2, 1-for-4 in Game 3 and 2-for-5 in Game 4.
He, of course, had sent the perfect feed over to Paille for the tally.
Seguin was happy the team had found a way to win - and happy he could find a way to contribute.
Following the game, Paille had said his new linemate was "on a mission." Seguin followed up with another assist on Paille's second straight winner in a 2-0 shutout of Chicago in Game 3.
"I think right now I am just trying to work harder every day and just keep pushing for wins and do what I can," said Seguin, who felt like despite not scoring, he was helping out his team push towards their goal.
BOSTON, MA - The night didn't start off the way the Bruins wanted it to - and it didn't end the way they wanted it to, either.
It started with Chicago's shorthanded goal just 6:48 into the first period, and 10 goals later, it finished with Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook ripping a shot into the back of the net 9:51 into overtime to lift his team to a 6-5 win. The Stanley Cup Final now becomes a best-of-three, knotted at two games apiece heading back to Chicago for Game 5.
The Bruins twice overcame two-goal deficits, but it wasn't enough.
"It’s a rollercoaster a little bit, I guess," said defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, on playing through that type of game. "You want to try to stay even-keeled, but it’s tough when there’s so many ups and downs. We’re back, we’re trailing by two, we’re even, we tied it up, and then we gave one up again, so it’s a lot of mixed emotions."
BostonBruins.com - Towards the end of the Bruins' pregame skate Wednesday morning, Daniel Paille made his way into the middle of the spoked-B to lead the center-ice stretch for the second straight game day.
On Monday night, he had scored his second straight game-winner in the Stanley Cup Final. It gave the Bruins a 2-1 series lead over the Blackhawks.
"I mean, I guess we found out the problem, me and Thorty [Shawn Thornton] have been holding him back the last two years," joked Gregory Campbell Tuesday afternoon, speaking with media for the first time since undergoing successful surgery to start recovery for his broken leg.
Paille, his usual Merlot Line left wing, with Thornton on his right, has four goals and four assists this postseason, with three of those points coming in the Stanley Cup Final against Chicago.
BOSTON, MA - The Bruins are set to face off against the Chicago Blackhawks in a pivotal Game 4 at TD Garden tonight. Every game is important, yes, but so far this postseason, no match-up has been more significant than tonight.
A win for the Bruins helps them maintain home-ice advantage and take a 3-1 series lead, while the Blackhawks are hoping to steal a victory from the Garden crowd and head back to their own barn with the series knotted at 2-2.
Both teams held their respective pregame skates Wednesday morning in preparation for the night's battle. The Bruins' lineup appeared to be the same as in Game 3. For the Blackhawks, Marian Hossa - a surprise scratch last game - is expected to be back in their lineup, alongside Patrick Sharp and Michal Handzus (see below for projected lineups).
"They're going to come out hard, it's a real big game for both teams," said Bruins' defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. "The first goal is going to be huge, so I definitely expect a big push from the start."
BOSTON, MA - Gregory Campbell is just about everything you could want a 'Boston Bruin' to be.
Tough, hard to play against, not afraid to drop the gloves, will dive to knock the puck out of the zone, will work hard to put the puck in the net, and throw his body to block a shot, like when he sprawled out to block Evgeni Malkin's slapshot and wound up with a broken leg (of course, after he had finished his penalty kill shift on one leg).
Campbell's blue-collar mentality has been documented well on this site, ever since he was traded from Florida to Boston, with Nathan Horton, on June 22, 2010.
Recently, the centerman has been lauded for finishing that penalty kill shift and showing the "do whatever it takes" mentality. And really, it's not so much about the specific shift, but more that it was a glimpse into just what Campbell consistently brings to the Bruins and the character that the entire team represents.
BostonBruins.com - Monday night, following the Bruins' 2-0 shutout of Chicago to take Game 3, one leader in the spoked-B passed on the "Player of the Game Jacket" to another.
Though, this leader often paves the way by thwarting others' paths.
After the B's had take a 2-1 series lead over the Blackhawks, a very demanding and intense leader in Chris Kelly passed along the jacket he had been given from Adam McQuaid to defensive leader and shutdown presence Dennis Seidenberg.
Players like Kelly and Seidenberg often go unnoticed to the public eye on a nightly basis. Everyone notices Zdeno Chara's 6-foot-9 force out on the ice, or Tyler Seguin's speed. The pair haven't been putting up offensive numbers, but they do what the Bruins like to call the "little details" the right way.
BOSTON, MA - There's no place like home.
"Madhouse on Madison" lived up to the hype at the United Center in Chicago, with a rousing Blackhawks' fanbase that cheered their way through a powerful national anthem and kept up the tempo throughout both Games One and Two.
But, there's nothing better than a home game at TD Garden for the men in the spoked-B, playing in front of the Boston faithful. As the series shifts back to the Hub for Games Three and Four with each team having won one game apiece, the Bruins are looking forward to using their home-ice advantage.
"Well, there's no doubt you're a lot happier at home than you are on the road, right?" said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, following the team's pregame skate at TD Garden prior to Game Three.
"But we've got a great crowd here. Our fans have been great."