|Krejci celebrates with teammate Nathan Horton (18) after scoring his third goal of the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference final series in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, May 25, 2011. Tampa Bay won 5-4. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) |
"That was my comment after the game to our guys," explained B's Head Coach Claude Julien when asked about the B's going home to play the deciding game. "You play eighty-two games. And a lot of times people say, 'Well what do you play those eighty-two games for?'
"I think that’s one of the key things if you can get home ice advantage this time of year, you need to take advantage of it.
"And we did against Montreal and now we have to do the same thing against Tampa," he said.
Despite their disappointment with the loss in Game 6, Julien's players tried their best to focus on Friday.
"I mean, you know, you have a chance to close it out, you don't do it. The good thing about being up 3-2, you get another chance," said forward Milan Lucic
Boston got another chance against Montreal in Round 1, too.
"You know, we were able to make the most out of that chance and...we came up big, and played the way that we wanted to play," said Lucic of the B's defeat of Montreal in this postseason's previous Game 7. "I remember having a great start in that game, and that's going to be the same thing.
"Obviously, we're further down the road here, but you've got to...be excited for it
"You've got to enjoy it and you've gotta be looking forward to that challenge, because...for almost all of us, you know, it's the biggest game of our careers, and you've just got to go out there and have fun and have no regrets," he said.
But there are regrets from Game 6 and the Black & Gold must be more consistent and look to play a smarter game in the Garden.
"Well we’ve had the experience of it obviously and we need to take that experience and utilize it again," said Julien. "I thought tonight our guys competed fairly well, but again, those penalties ended up costing us...and you give a two on one right after you get within a goal. Again, it’s a mistake. That becomes costly in the playoffs.
"So if we can minimize that stuff and come out hard next game and take the lead and hang on to it, no doubt we’re going to be winners.
"But we’ve done well against Montreal and I think we had a lot of pressure, not just because it was Montreal but because it was the first round and we needed to get through that and we did it," he said.
Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg
talked about the B's dramatic final push during Game 6.
"It just shows how we can play," he said. "We just have to find a way to play like that.
"I mean it's tough to play like that the whole game...but we can take positives out of it and take what we did well in those ten minutes and try to add them into our whole game."
B's center David Krejci
's three goals nearly put the B's on top.
"I think we did a pretty good job after we scored the first goal to regroup and finish very strong," said Krejci. "I think we battled hard and we're just going to stay positive and take the positive things, carry them on into the next game."
Fellow Boston center Patrice Bergeron
"I think you have to move on," said the B's alternate captain. "I mean it all comes down to one game now, and you know, we've showed character all playoffs so we've gotta do the same thing."
But character alone won't cut it.
"We've got to stay disciplined against a team like them and you know, tonight they did a good job on their power play, you know, still we could have been better on their penalty kill," said Bergeron. "We've got to you make sure we stay out of the box like you said, stay disciplined, and that's the key against them."
Meanwhile, the Coach Julien and his staff will look to prepare their club for its biggest test of the season.
"I think our guys are going to be fine for Game 7," said Julien. "I know our guys are going to be ready and positive and our job is to make it happen."