It seems like no postseason situation is new for the Boston Bruins, including the one they are currently in.
The Bruins enter Wednesday’s Game 3 with the Pittsburgh Penguins up two games to none in the Eastern Conference Finals. They’ve been on that end of the spectrum on numerous occasions, including their series against the New York Rangers last round.
But the Bruins have been on the other end of the spectrum, too. Look no further than the 2011 Stanley Cup run where they dropped their first two games against the Montreal Canadiens in the first round and the Vancouver Canucks in the Finals.
Regardless of the situation, up 2-0, down 2-0 or tied 1-1, the Bruins are quite comfortable facing whatever is in front of them.
“I think it calms you down a little bit and that nothing is over and you understand that you have to take it one game at a time,” said forward Daniel Paille. “Being in all different types of situations, it definitely makes you realize that there’s a long way to go.”
Going up against the top team in the East, the Bruins know that the Pens can strike at any moment. From Sidney Crosby to Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla and Kris Letang, just to name a few, they know that Pittsburgh is capable of lighting it up at any moment.
If you ask any Bruins fan though, they have the Penguins right where they want them. The B’s have outscored the Penguins, 9-1, in the first two games and have really thrown the opposition off its game. The Bruins’ transition from defense to offense is standing out, while Crosby, Malkin, Iginla, Letang and company are non-existent. Moreover, while Tomas Vokoun will get the start in Game 3, the Pens goaltending situation is still shaky.
Paille and company, however, know that they have to keep their foot on the gas pedal, especially since they too have been on the other end of the spectrum.
The Black and Gold have won nine straight Game 3 contests dating back to their 2010 first round series with the Buffalo Sabres. They’ll look to make that 10 in a row and take a commanding 3-0 series lead when they host the Pens tonight at the TD Garden.
It’s safe to say that coach Claude Julien and the rest of the Bruins aren’t taking the Pens for granted.
“It doesn’t matter what situation you’re in and I think our guys are true enough to understand that whatever we’ve been through, whatever the situation is right now, we have to be a good team in order to win at this stage of the season,” said the sixth-year Bruins coach.
“We can’t afford to let our guard down, whether its to respect the team that we are playing or the ability of that team to take advantage of you if you’re not ready or whether it’s just within our group to want to be a good team every night. That’s what is important right now is that we stay focused on the present and don’t live in the past and don’t look in the future.”