When the Boston Bruins take the ice on Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, they will not only have the chance to polish off Les Habitants and move on to the conference semifinals, but they will accomplish something never done before in franchise history.
On 26 occasions, the Bruins have lost their first two games of a playoff series. On all 26 occasions, they went on to lose. On Tuesday night, with a win, the Bruins can finally erase the zero.
There is certainly no shame in losing the first two games of a playoff series, especially if doing so on the road. However, the Bruins lost the first two games against Montreal at home, and looked anemic in the process.
The Bruins found their way back on the road, winning both Games 3 and 4 at the Bell Centre, and then taking the crucial fifth game in a double overtime thriller at the TD Garden on Saturday night.
Now, with the clear advantage, the Bruins will attempt to finish off the Canadiens once again on the road.
Canadiens forward Scott Gomez knows exactly what’s at stake.
“It’s an elimination game. We’re looking forward to it. It’s a big challenge. It’s been a great series. Now, we’ve got to try to get some breaks here and there. We want to go back to Boston, that’s for sure,” Gomez told the Boston Globe.
The difference in their overall play the last three games? Desperation, as two Bruins’ players mentioned.
“The fourth win is the toughest,’’ said Patrice Bergeron. “To be desperate is what you want to do.’’
“We just know we fell behind the first two games and we didn’t play our best,’’ said Zdeno Chara. “We knew that we had to be better. We’re just playing with a lot more desperation.’’
So there you have it. Desperation is the key.
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