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BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Bruins legend Ray Bourque had a great seat for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, and thought his former team was going to pull out a victory in regulation.
But some costly errors and unfriendly bounces went Chicago’s way, and the Blackhawks ended up with the 4-3, triple overtime win and take a 1-0 series lead into Saturday night’s Game 2. But Bourque is confident the Bruins will bounce back, and thinks they have a great chance to win their second cup in three years.
“I thought they came out and played really well, looked very composed. They looked like a veteran team that had been there before, and I feel very good at their chances of winning this series,” Bourque told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak on Friday. “I really think they have a great chance to win that game tomorrow night and come back to Boston tied 1-1.”
The Bruins may have lost forward Nathan Horton, who left Game 1 in the first overtime with an apparent shoulder injury. Horton, who the team is listing as day-to-day, is second on the team with 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) this postseason.
Tyler Seguin was bumped up to Boston’s top line when Horton left, and now might get the chance to turn around a rough postseason. Bourque thinks moving to the top line could be what the forward needs to get going — much like he did in 2011 against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals.
“He looked pretty good when they moved him up there. He looked inspired and had some great chances,” Bourque said of Seguin. “I think it can happen; you never know with this kid. He’s so talented, and no one was expecting that much a few years ago against Tampa when he light it up for a couple games. This kind of situation could maybe get him going big-time and really make a difference for this team. Playing with (David) Krejci and (Milan) Lucic, those guys will put you in a good position to have success and maybe that’s what he needs.”
Bourque also said he isn’t worried about defenseman Torey Krug, whose third period turnover led to a Chicago goal and a big momentum swing. He said the best advice for Krug after the costly error would be to not change a thing.
“I wouldn’t want that to shake him — just keep playing the way he is, being decisive and playing with confidence,” said Bourque. “I wouldn’t want him to start thinking. We all make mistakes, just go out there and keep that confidence up.”