BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Bruins go into Thursday night’s Game four against the Montreal Canadiens looking to even the series up at two-games apiece.
But just because they won Game three 4-2 in Montreal, does not mean the Bruins now have the momentum.
“I’m one of those guys that believe it’s game to game,” Julien said. “We never talked about them having momentum. We just needed to play better, that’s the way I see it.”
“You have to come back next game and realize you’re still down 2-1 in the series,” Julien continued. “You have to be ready because they will.”
“We’re still in a hole, we’re still down,” said Nathan Horton, who scored his first career playoff goal in Game three. “It’s going to take all of us to get out of it. But it’s exciting for us, and it’s exciting to be a part of. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”
The Bruins return to action after spending a couple of days in Lake Placid, New York. This allowed them to get away from the circus in Montreal and focus on what needs to be done the rest of the series.
“What we wanted to accomplish was get a little rest, come here and have a quality practice, which we did (Wednesday), and head back to Montreal,” said Julien. “Guys had a chance to walk around (Tuesday), they seemed a really relaxed and that’s the best way to keep yourself fresh for the playoffs. They enjoyed the few days that we spent here, so to me it was a positive trip.”
Now the B’s look towards what needs to be done in order to come back and win the series. For starters, they want to put pressure on the Canadiens early, and keep applying it. Boston jumped out to a 3-0 lead in Game three, but allowed Montreal to make things interesting with two third-period goals.
“Sometimes we get a little uptight and we’re a little heavy on our sticks,” said rookie Brad Marchand. “If we just calm down and relax a little bit then it’s a little easier to play our game.”
They have been playing physical in the series, but the Canadiens have shown they do not mind contact.
“Obviously they’re fine with the physical play,” said Patrice Bergeron. “I’m not saying if we hit them they’re out of the game. I’m saying after a while if we keep hitting them it might tier them down. We just have to go out there and establish some physicality and a physical game. ”
“I think the main thing is you’re not running at a position to make a hit,” said Horton, who has four hits in the series. “We were doing that a lot in the first game. We were all worried about hits and not the puck. I think we should try to continue to hit, but just play smart.”
It would also help if the Bruins scored a power play goal. They are 0-for-11 with the man advantage in the series.
“If we’re standing around, we’re easy to defend against,” said Julien of the Bruins power play. “Our guys have to be moving a little bit more and create some insecurity on the penalty kill, and right now we haven’t been able to do that well enough.”
The Bruins may not believe in momentum, but if they are able to steal Game four in Montreal, things will be looking very good heading back to Boston with the series tied at two-games apiece.
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