|Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas makes a blocker save during the hockey practice, Thursday, June 2, 2011, in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Bruins and Vancouver Canucks play Game 2 of the NHL's Stanley Cup final game series on Saturday in Vancouver. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck) |
Being down early in a game has been a bit of a trend this season for the Black & Gold and they’ve dropped all but one Game 1 in these playoffs.
“I think that we’ve showed [character] throughout the season and during these playoffs,” said Boston goaltender Tim Thomas
, who had a shutout through the first 59 minutes of Game 1.
“We really want to win and, to do that, if you have set backs, you have to bounce back so that’s what we’ve been doing.”
The Bruins suffered early series deficits in the opening round of the 2011 Eastern Conference Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens and in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but eventually the B’s won both series in seven games.
“That’s been the strength of our team,” said Bruins forward and alternate captain Mark Recchi. “We handle things well and stay with it as much as possible.”
While losing in the closing 19 seconds of a big game is tough to swallow, Boston head coach Claude Julien remained confident that his club will bounce back.
“Having done that all year, you don’t change your approach, and you lose a game and we know how important that loss becomes.
“But right now, what’s more important is not yesterday’s loss but how we’re going to react to it on Saturday,” Julien said.
The Bruins, while being deemed by many as heavy underdogs in this series, did not play a bad game on Wednesday night, but alternate captain Patrice Bergeron
and the Boston locker room is not content with their performance.
“Obviously we’re not happy, we’re not satisfied with losing 1-0 even though it was a tight game,” said Bergeron. “Yes, we played alright, we played okay but we can be better and we need to be better.”
The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins have one more full day of practice before squaring off in Game 2 on Saturday at Rogers Arena.---John Smith