Bouncing Back a Trend for the Bruins
BOSTON, MA – The Bruins have already bounced back from a tough overtime defeat in this Stanley Cup Final. After a deflating triple overtime loss in Game One of the Final, the Black & Gold rebounded, winning two straight to take the lead in the best-of-seven series. Now, after losing a 6-5 thriller in extra time in Game Four on Wednesday night at TD Garden, the Bruins must regroup and find a way to do it again.
“I said it last night, you move on. It's one loss. We've got two wins, we've got two losses. It's about preparing for the next game, and our mood is fine,” said B’s Head Coach Claude Julien, who met with the media at TD Garden Thursday afternoon.
“Who wouldn't be happy to be in the Stanley Cup Finals? You've got to remember where we are and what's at stake here, and certainly not hang your head over a loss. Last time I looked it was an overtime loss, so it's not like we didn't play well, but it's not like we were pushed out of a game here. We had a chance to win that anyways.”
The Bruins, who battled back to tie Game Three on three difference occasions and had a number of scoring chances in overtime, say they won’t be dwelling on blown opportunities.
“At this point, we just look to the next game, we gave ourself a chance,” said defenseman Adam McQuaid. “It was good to see that we were able to keep fighting back to give ourselves a chance, but we’re at the point we are now and got to move on from last game.
“We have been saying, win or lose, you kind of take it in stride and you move on and get ready for the next game.”
When the Bruins hit the ice at United Center on Saturday night for Game Five, cutting down on Chicago’s scoring opportunities with be of upmost importance. After allowing just seven goals between the Pittsburgh series and the first three games of the Cup Final, the B’s surrendered six in Game Four.
“I mean they definitely had a great game last night,” said winger Brad Marchand of the Blackhawks. “They threw everything at us and we knew they were going to come out hard. I think we did a pretty good job playing with them, but we still didn’t play our best and I don’t think that was their best either, so I think you can expect a little better out of both teams next game.”
“We [weren’t] at our best,” added McQuaid. “There’s no question about that. We found a way to get ourselves a chance, push the game to overtime. Anything can happen obviously when you get to that point, but I think we need to be a little better next game.”
Having already won in Chicago – a 2-1 overtime victory in Game Two – the Bruins are confident they can have success on the road. The B’s are 6-3 on the road this postseason, but aren’t overly concerned about where the game is being played.
“I mean, it’s a very tough rink to play in,” said Marchand. “It’s best two out of three. We’re excited about it. It really doesn’t matter now, we just have to make sure we focus on having a really good game next game.”
So far this postseason, turning the page after a tough loss has not been a problem for the B’s. And on Saturday, they hope to continue that trend.
“Yeah, that’s something we definitely can do,” said Tuukka Rask. “We can’t just rely on the fact that we have done it in the past. We have to go out there and make it happen again. We feel confident that we have it in us, but we have to be better.”