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BOSTON (CBS) – Like the rest of the Boston Bruins, team President Cam Neely would like to see their playoff series against the Canadiens end Tuesday night in Montreal.
“I think it’s going to be a tight game and we’re going to come out on top,” Neely told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger and Massarotti.
“We have to have a good start,” said Neely from Montreal. “This place gets cranking pretty good. They seem to come out flying at the start of every game, especially in Montreal.”
“For us, it’s just about weathering the storm the first five or six minutes of the first period,” he added. “Settle things down and get a good start ourselves.”
The Bruins have not performed well in potential series-clinching games recently, failing to end a series six of their last seven tries. That includes last year’s four potential clinching games against Philadelphia, when the Flyers came back to win a series they trailed 3-0.
“It’s maybe the way it’s fallen; it’s maybe some inexperience for some of the guys we had counted on to produce big games during the big times,” said Nelly. “Hopefully we’ll change those numbers after tonight’s game.”
Another thing the Bruins would like to change is their lack of power play production. Boston is 0-for-15 with the man advantage in the series.
“The good thing is we can only improve on that, right?” Neely joked.
“The biggest thing is try not to get too cute,” he added. “Just go out there and make plays that should become natural to you.”
“It doesn’t have to be fancy. As long as it goes passed the goal line is all that matters.”
Although the Bruins President is not social media savvy, he is aware of Max Pacioretty’s tweet that poked fun of Brad Marchand’s nose.
“Lets not kid ourselves, I don’t think it’s the first time Marsh has heard something about that,” he joked.
Neely also would not be surprised if Andrew Ference gets a few “salutes” from Montreal fans for his “unintentional bird” from Game 4.
“He might get a couple.”