-- The Bruins have not been shy in admitting that the Lightning's aggressive, physical forecheck helped change the tide of Game 4.
"I think the forwards have to come back and get in their positions. At the same time, we need to be good on the walls. I think a few times we turned the puck over on the walls and that is uncharacteristic of our team. If we are winning battles on the wall, that's going to help out the (defense)."
-- Rich Peverley
So how do they blunt that forecheck, which will be emboldened in Game 5 on Monday (8 p.m. ET, Versus, CBC, RDS) by the success it had in Game 4. Surely Tampa Bay can trace its forecheck as the primary cause in at least three of the goals it scored Saturday.
"I would prefer taking the responsibility on our team and saying what do we have to do better, more than look at them and what are they doing to us to cause those things," Bruins coach Claude Julien
said Monday. "I think it's really about our execution, and we've been able to handle that in the past. So I don't see why we can't handle it now."
In order to handle that forecheck, Boston will have to do things far differently than it did in the final 40 minutes of Game 4. Defensemen might have been directly to blame on several occasions -- a Zdeno Chara
turnover behind the net led to Tampa Bay's first goal and a turnover by Tomas Kaberle
led to the next one -- but the blame went deeper than the six defensemen in Saturday's game.