Things did not look good for the Bruins when they failed to win a game at home and headed north to Montreal for games three and four down two games to none. A week later things look a lot better for the Black and Gold after two huge wins at the Bell Centre.
With the series tied at two a piece it’s very simple, win two games before your opponent does, and on to the next round you go. With the road team winning in each of the first four games thus far, Saturday’s tilt would be a great time for the Bruins to pick up the first home win of the series.
”I’m not worried about a team not winning at home and I think what I’m more concerned about is making sure our team is ready to play tomorrow and hopefully build on that great win yesterday” Julien told the media Friday afternoon.
Well Claude, I’m no math major but if the road team wins the remaining three games you better start making those tee times for next weekend.
On Thursday the Bruins showed that no matter the deficit, no matter the period that they would not give up. Looking at the historic numbers it would seem the Canadiens are favored to win two of the next three and once again send the Bruins home with an early playoff exit.
Entering Game 5 in which the series is tied at two, Montreal is 24-17 lifetime in best of-7 series, where the Bruins in the same situation post a 13-13 lifetime series. Although history is in favor of the Habs, I’m not buying it.
With all the momentum in the Bruins favor, and the series heading back to Boston in front of what will be a crazy crowd at the TD Garden, you got have confidence in the Bruins.
All season long the Bruins have been carried by their top line of Nathan Horton, David Krejci and Milan Lucic. At times throughout the regular season, the trio looked like one of the best top lines in the NHL. Thus far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they look as good as a fourth line group. The three skilled forwards have combined for just two points. The fact that the top line has been shut down as much as it has and the series is tied at two says a lot about the other three solid lines Coach Claude Julien can send out there.
The biggest problem the Bruins have had thus far in the series has been turning the puck over. In the five goals Montreal scored in Games 1 and 2, all five came off of Bruins turnovers. Game 3 saw two Canadiens goals; one of the two was off of a Bruins turnover. In the epic Game 4 overtime win, two of the four goals that beat Tim Thomas came of turnovers — see the recurring theme here? I understand you can’t always be perfect, but in a series like this, one bad turnover can be the difference of next round, or next season.
If Claude didn’t make any lineup changes after Games 2 or 3, then there is no way there will be any for Game 5. With almost all of Bruins nation calling for the benching of Michael Ryder, Julien stuck with his guns, and it finally paid off.
“Well number one, I don’t listen and I don’t hear [what is said on talk radio]” said Julien. “So it’s not an easy thing to comment on things that I guess are being said. But we have to do what we have to do as a team here. And we believe in the roster that we have right now and you have to go with what you believe in and you live with the consequences, as a player and as a coach you are always going to be facing criticism” continued Julien.
Looking back at the Bruins and Canadiens playoff history everyone should know that it’s going to an exciting finish, so sit down buckle your seatbelts and enjoy the ride.