BOSTON — Things were looking pretty bleak for the Black and Gold after their 3-1 loss in Game 2 to the Montreal Canadiens last Saturday.
But after two straight wins in Montreal, the Bruins return to the TD Garden one week later for Game 5 with the series now tied at two games apiece.
And while they return home with a lot of momentum, head coach Claude Julien is hoping that his team doesn’t get too comfortable after winning two straight at the Bell Centre.
“Getting comfortable can be a dangerous word to use, especially in the playoffs,” he said. “Obviously we have built some confidence after winning the last two games and you hope that you can carry that confidence into the game tonight.”
While the road team has won every game so far this series, the Bruins are hoping that this trend goes away, at least for tonight.
And a quick start is something the Bruins are looking for.
“It’s no secret that we’re a good team when we get that first goal,” said Bruins forward Milan Lucic, who is still looking for his first goal of the postseason. “We want to use our fans as an advantage to get them into the game as quick as possible.
“Our focus has to be on going out there and making plays like we were the last few games and do the right things and hopefully everything takes care of itself.”
It’s no secret that home ice isn’t what it’s intended to be in the postseason. In fact the road teams (so far) are 22-14.
Many are puzzled on why this is the case lately, but Julien is more concerned about what the team needs to do to perform well in front of the 17,565.
“As you see around the league, it seems to be a bit of a trend,” he said. “Obviously the visiting team seems to have more success than the home, and I think it’s a matter of us. I’ve told our team to not worry so much about where we are but what we have to do, and I think that’s something that we are going to be focusing on.”
For now, the Bruins are hoping to break the trend for this series by getting a win on home ice and taking a 3-2 series lead to the Bell Centre Tuesday night for Game 6.
“Obviously we need to focus on playing our game because they [the Habs] have the mindset that they’re coming here to win,” said forward Rich Peverley.