BOSTON — It looks like Bruins fans are seeing history repeat itself just two games into the team’s first round series against the Montreal Canadiens.
With Saturday’s 3-1 loss in Game 2, the Black and Gold will head into the Bell Centre Monday trailing two games to none in the best of seven series. That’s obviously not an ideal situation for the team, but, as Tim Thomas said, they’ll have to accept it.
“Well it’s easy to accept because it is what it is,” said Thomas. “We’ve got our backs against the wall and we’ll see how we respond.”
Some could make an excuse that the team was dealt with a bad hand when Zdeno Chara couldn’t play Saturday night after being hospitalized the night before due to dehydration. Others will probably note that the team effort needs to improve (after all, they’ve only scored one goal in the first two games).
Whatever it is, the Black and Gold needs to get back to staying composed and not getting into an 0-3 situation Monday. But veteran forward Mark Recchi remains optimistic that things could turn around.
“The execution is not there right now,” said forward Mark Recchi. “For whatever reason — whether the guys are nervous — I’m not sure. But we’ve got an opportunity, we’ve been a great road team all year and this is an opportunity to do it again. It’s a tough road ahead of us. It’s a long way for both teams still. We’re going to have to be ready and we’ll get to Montreal and we’ll see what we can do. Maybe the road will be good for us.
“We’ll get ready for them and we’ll be ready for Monday. This team doesn’t quit here.”
For a team who has been through disappointing exits recently, and for a coach who seemingly has his job on the line, the Bruins are going to need to find some answers quickly.
Otherwise, the Habs will advance and the B’s will hit the golf course and face another summer of uncertainty.
“Well I think its pretty obvious. We need to get back in this series by winning a hockey game,” Claude Julien said. “It’s not a complicated issue or a complicated message. We understand the urgency of it and that’s what we have to do here.”
“We need to take a step back and start focusing on Monday,” Thomas said. “You don’t feel sorry for yourself, because no one else is going to feel sorry for you.”