BOSTON (CBS) – Peter Chiarelli’s Boston Bruins are up 2-0 on the Philadelphia Flyers and have all the confidence in the word.
When that confidence finally came may surprise you.
“After Game 2 in the Montreal series, I noticed a more confident group, whether it was in morning skates, practices, games,” Chiarelli told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich Wednesday morning. “Wherever you see them, there seems to be a level of confidence you haven’t seen.”
The Bruins were all but written off after losing to first two games of the playoffs to Montreal on home ice. But now they have won six of their last seven games, and find themselves in a similar situation to last year’s series with Philadelphia.
But the Bruins do not want to get too far ahead of themselves. Right now they are focused on taken a 3-0 lead on the Flyers, and nothing further than that.
“We’re now close to where we were last year,” said Chiarelli. “We’ve dealt with it all year, and are just thinking about Game 3. Sorry to throw clichés at you guys, but that’s what they’re looking at. They have their eye on Game 3.”
Although an end to the series is not in the Bruins sights just yet, Chiarelli thinks Boston’s power play woes will soon come to an end.
“It’s frustrating, but from last game I liked the two chances that we had, the two power play opportunities,” he said. “We had a lot better entries, that is where we struggled the game before. We had some good plays once we set up.”
“You get to the point where there are diminishing returns,” he added. “The more you try to fix it in different ways, the deeper you get. We’re past that point and back. I like the progress we’ve made, and I think you’re going to see a goal soon.”
With the Bruins 0-for-28 in the playoffs with a man advantage, it is something Chiarelli and the rest of the team has been addressing at nauseam.
“It’s frustrating, a question that we have to answer after every game, before every game, ever morning show. It gets a little tiring talking about it, but it’s a very topical question.”
As frustrating as the Bruins power play has been, their goaltender has been that much more amazing. Tim Thomas stopped 52 shots in the Game 2 overtime victory, including 46-straight.
“It was the best I’ve ever seen live,” Chiarelli said of his net minder’s performance. “There are points in time when your goalie has to steal you one, and that was the time.”