BOSTON – After a heartbreaking 5-3 loss against the Lightning in Game 4 down in Tampa – one where they blew a 3-0 lead after the first period – the Bruins hope to turn the page and focus on Game 5 tomorrow night with the series tied at two games apiece.
When faced with adversity, the Black and Gold have often responded well during the course of the postseason. After trailing 2-0 to the Montreal Canadiens in the first round, the Bruins stole two victories at the Bell Centre and carried that momentum to defeat their archrivals in seven games. Even after their Game 1 loss to the Bolts, the Bruins turned the page thanks to Tyler Seguin’s four-point night as they evened the series in Game 2 this past Tuesday.
Fans and media alike started to draw similarities to how this is the “same old Bruins team” after the loss against Tampa on Saturday, especially after their inability to hold a 3-0 lead as seen against the Flyers in Game 7 last season. That statement could prove true if the Bruins lose the series and they can look back to that loss in Game 4 as the turning point of the series.
However, the Bruins are looking forward to the challenge of getting the momentum back in the series and positioning themselves one step closer their present goal Monday night in Game 5; A chance to play for the Stanley Cup finals.
That message about putting the events in the past was echoed again in the Bruins locker room on Sunday.
“We just have to turn the page,” the 19-year-old Seguin said. “Obviously we had a 3-0 lead [in Game 4] and we let them back in it and they [the Lightning] came back and won the game. So we have to turn the page and not dwell on last night and focus on tomorrow’s game.”
“I think we need to move forward,” added forward Brad Marchand. “There are positives and negatives about that game. We need to take the positives and build off that and learn from the negatives and we just need to be ready for the next game.”
From his stand point, head coach Claude Julien feels the same way.
“We’re fine. I think this is what hockey is all about,” said the Bruins bench boss. “It’s a tight series and we understand that. We didn’t do a very good job from the second period on yesterday afternoon, and you have to think about what you need to do tomorrow to be able to bounce back. And that’s all we’re thinking about right now.”