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Back to Boston for Game 3

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BostonBruins.com -- The B's hopped an early flight back to Boston on Sunday morning and will use the downtime to rest up for their return match versus the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.


Lucic shoots the puck past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
But the Bruins Mark Recchi said the B's can't carry over the feeling from Monday's Game 2 loss into Game 3 in TD Garden.

"You can be frustrated, but...we can’t focus on that right now," said Recchi in the aftermath of the Canucks' 3-2 overtime win. "We'll regroup.

"The guys are very disappointed right now, but at the same time, when we get on that plane [Sunday] it has to be forgotten about and we have to worry about Monday and doing our job at home and trying to get this series to 2-1," he said. "Then [the Bruins need to] focus on Game 4 and then hopefully we’re in the position to come [back to Vancouver] to try and steal one."

It's a tall order, but not one the B's haven't faced previously this postseason.

"We have been through a lot this year, resilient," said Head Coach Claude Julien. "I don’t think that’s what is going to drag us down. We have been able to bounce back before. You know we’ve got...the experience of being down two games to none against Montreal, and probably even worse because we lost them at home.

"So you’re going to say it’s a, probably a better team here," added Julien of Vancouver. "Absolutely, the team that makes it to the finals is a better team but it doesn’t change the fact that we’ve been through it. And we didn’t come here just to roll over.

"We’re definitely going to go home and regroup and bounce back."

When B's goalie Tim Thomas spoke to the media postgame, he echoed his Coach.

"Yeah, we’ve been able to bounce back all playoffs," said Thomas. "And we haven’t had this type of a hole since the first series, to be realistic.

"But every time you do it, you have to put in the work to turn it around. It doesn’t just happen.

"So we’re going to have to do what we need to do to get ready and to be ready to win Game 3."

And the Bruins contend there was much to like about their play for much of Game 2.

"It was for the most part a very solid game," said Recchi. "They scored a big goal in the third period but we still felt like the game was in control and that it wasn’t really one way or the other.

"Especially the second period. I thought we were really good in the second. But we’ll take a lot of the positives of it and we’ll be disappointed [Saturday night] and we’re allowed to be.

"Tomorrow morning we have to get our focus and get excited again and get excited to get home and get in front of our home crowd."

The B's are looking to the Garden faithful to power them to a victory on Monday.

"They’re gonna be into it, for sure," said Milan Lucic. "I know they’re not gonna give up on us, they didn’t give up on us when we were down against Tampa or Montreal.

"They’re gonna definitely be excited, and hopefully we can use it to our advantage."
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