-- It wasn't in the final minute or overtime this time, but the Boston Bruins
will fly home Saturday morning after yet another one-goal loss at Rogers Arena.
The Bruins were able to dominate the Vancouver Canucks
at the friendly confines of TD Garden in Games 3 and 4, but they have come up empty here. What's worse, each time it was a contest that was there for the taking.
"We have no excuse. We have to find a way to win in this arena," center Patrice Bergeron
said after Friday's 1-0 loss in Game 5. "Well, first we have to concentrate on Game 6. After that we're going to have to find a way, because we know it's going to be in Vancouver."
Added Vancouver native Milan Lucic
: "I don't know how to explain it. Especially in a series where you don't have home-ice advantage, you have to find a way to win at least one game on the road if you want to come out on top. For some reason, in the last five [road] games we haven't been able to do that."
Boston's woes away from home extend back to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bruins have now lost five road games in a row including Games 4 and 6 at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.
Blown leads were a problem against the Lightning -- Tampa Bay erased first-intermission deficits in both of those victories, including a 3-0 Boston advantage in Game 4. Finding offense of any kind has been the issue in Vancouver.
The Bruins have scored only two goals in this building in nine periods plus 11 seconds of overtime in Game 2. Both goals came in the second period of Game 2.
"It is what it is," Boston coach Claude Julien
said of his team's struggles to score at Rogers Arena. "The two teams that are here are good teams, and they don't give home-ice advantage away that easily. So they've been good in their own building. I think we've been a decent road team for most of the season, and right now, what we have to do is go back home and create a Game 7 so we get another shot at 'em here."
Much of what led to Boston's success in Games 3 and 4 went missing in Game 5. The Bruins controlled the neutral zone at home and did so in the first period on Friday, but they couldn't sustain it.
made 31 saves, but much like Games 1 and 2 there were few times when he had to be spectacular. Boston's power play has never been great in this postseason -- but while it was competent in Games 3 and 4, the man-advantage unit went back to being a liability on this night.
All of that resulted in another punchless contest for the Bruins, who lost their second 1-0 game here despite scoring 12 in the two contests at TD Garden.
"It was tougher to find chances tonight," Lucic said. "They weren't just there. It almost seemed like Game 1 again where it was going to come down to one goal and it did. They talked about having a tighter gap, especially in the neutral zone, and they did do that. At times, we weren't moving our feet and we were standing still where in Boston a reason why we were able to be good in the neutral zone was we were able to create speed and we've got to find a way to create that speed again."
Now the Bruins have to regroup yet again and bounce back from a tough loss. Three times they have stayed with the Canucks in their building only to come away with nothing.
If the Bruins are going to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 39 years, they will have to win a game in this city. If they win Game 6, they will get one more chance.
"It doesn't matter if you lose 10-0 or 1-0, it is still a loss," Bergeron said. "That being said, what matters at the end of the day is the win and winning four. We are going to make sure we concentrate on getting the third win in Game 6 and go from there."
Added Michael Ryder
: "We knew we were in the game the whole time. These three games here -- we were always in it. It was one-goal games and it was just a matter of us maybe bearing down and they play well at home. It is a matter of us doing the same on Monday and we knew that we had to win one game here to win it. It is going to be a battle. If we do the job at home on Monday, then we come back here and it is a Game 7 and you never know what can happen."