Many Bruins fans were worried about the Black and Gold’s state of mind after losing a grueling three overtime Game 1 in Chicago, but how did they respond in Game 2? They had a 2-1 come-from-behind win in overtime to even the series up at one.
The Bruins are no strangers to adversity, and after losing Game 4 to the Blackhawks, the team will turn to taking care of business Saturday night in Chicago for a pivotal Game 5.
“I said it last night, you move on,” head coach Claude Julien said. “We’ve got two wins, we’ve got two losses. It’s about preparing for the next game and our mood is fine.”
The Bruins were in familiar territory in 2011 against the Vancouver Canucks where they were down 0-2, 3-2 and still managed to beat them in seven games, but as many B’s players will tell you-this is not Vancouver and that is in the past.
The Black and Gold must take care of the puck better and their forwards must maintain better puck possession than Wednesday night at TD Garden.
It was a crazy Game 4 in Boston where the B’s fell to the Blackhawks, but it’s only one game. It was a missed opportunity, yes, but there are still games to be played.
“We have been saying, win or lose, you kind of take it in stride and you move on and get ready for the next game.”
Mistakes must be corrected and limiting the chances of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp must come into fruition. There were too many instances where they were either left unmarked or beating a Bruin to a puck for an odd-man rush.
“They threw everything at us and we knew they were going to come out hard,” said Brad Marchand. “I think we did a pretty good job playing with them, but we still didn’t play our best and I don’t think that was their best either, so I think you can expect a little better out of both teams next game.”
It’s well known that the Bruins came back from a 4-1 deficit in Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs with 10 minutes to go. And its well known by now how they bounced back after their triple overtime loss to the Blackhawks in Game 1.
Now, the Bruins must steal one in Chicago so they can head home with a 3-2 series lead, and a chance to clinch the Stanley Cup on home ice.
Tuukka Rask led in six goals in Game 4, but we all know that will not repeat itself in Game 5. Look for a bounce back game from him as well as the Bruins as they will take the ice Saturday night in front of a loud and sold out United Center in Chicago.
“We can’t just rely on the fact that we have done in the past,” Rask said. “We have to go out there and make it happen again. We feel confident that we have it in us, but we have to be better.”