Despite their atrocious Game 6 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on Monday night, the Boston Bruins’ confidence has not been shaken. The team continues to keep the faith as an all-or-nothing Game 7 looms Wednesday at TD Garden.
Boston has played eight Games 7s in its history against the Canadiens, more than any other rivalry.
Following a dominant showing on home-ice in Game 5, it had appeared as if all the momentum had shifted to Boston’s side. Though with their back’s against the wall, Montreal totally stifled the Boston with impenetrable defense and a relentless offensive attack.
The Bruins made a slew of mental mistakes, missed capitalizing on numerous chances, turned the puck over too frequently, all while not benefitting from a single favorable bounce of the puck.
Claude Julien‘s club understands the magnitude of the situation in front of them, what it means, and they’re not letting it intimidate them. “I expect us to win,” said Julien following Boston’s Game 6 defeat.
The Bruins overcame three Game 7s in 2011, ultimately cumulating in a Stanley Cup win. The majority of the guys on the roster have been around and have experienced the high-pressure tilts. They key to winning a Game 7 is having a short memory.
“Can’t dwell on anything going into a Game 7,” said Milan Lucic Monday night. Lucic made it clear that the Bruins are putting everything behind them and moving on to focus on winning. “We’re confident,” he added.
And goaltender Tuukka Rask delivered perhaps the quote of the evening after a stinker of a game, directing a message to the Boston fans saying, “just be ready to cheer us on, we’ll get it done.”
Obviously the Bruins understand accomplishing the task at hand is nothing that will come easily. But they believe their veteran experience will pay dividends in landing them a spot in the conference finals for the second straight year.
“We’ve been in that situation before and we’ve go to approach it like any other game,” added Rask.
Julien has led the Bruins to four Game 7 wins during his tenure manning the bench.
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