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Bergeron: "Biggest game so far"

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins

BOSTON – After returning home following a tough-to-swallow 5-3 loss in Tampa in which Boston let a three-goal lead slip away, the Bruins have been back to work in the video room, off the ice and on the ice, preparing for an important Game 5.

Bergeron and Brad Marchand, right, celebrate after Bergeron scored against Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference final, Saturday, May 21, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
“We have to bounce back, that’s for sure. But there is no sense to panic here,” forward Patrice Bergeron said.

If the Bruins have been anything this year, it’s been resilient. It’s the fight they’ve shown through the ups and downs of an 82-game series that has brought them to this point.

Eastern Conference Finals, Game 5 series tied at two games apiece.

“The feeling is good. It’s a series, it’s not gong to be easy. No one said that, we all knew that,” the assistant captain stated on behalf of himself and his teammates.

“We’ve stayed resilient all year, I think that’s our character. I think that’s the biggest thing. We have a lot of character in this room, we’ve been showing that all year, we’re playing as a twenty-guy unit,” Bergeron added.

The Bruins split the opening two games at home with the Lightning before heading to Tampa to split the next two again. Tampa hasn’t won consecutive games, while the Bruins took Games 2 and 3, giving them the momentum heading into Game 4.

The B’s carried that momentum through the first period, where they notched three goals. But the ensuing forty minutes of play only magnified Boston’s lack of concentration for a full 60 minutes -- arguably their biggest weakness this season.

“It’s about playing our game, obviously in Game 3, I think that’s what we did. And we found a way to play a great game all around and score some, two big goals,” Bergeron said of the 2-0 victory in Tampa. “So, I think that’s what we need to come back to and play our game.

"Just don’t worry about them, just go out there and use the crowd to our advantage.”

The Bruins are not only not out, they’re not even down as the series is tied. But after taking the lead in both the series and Game 4, Boston is looking at tonight’s game as a must-win.

“It’s a huge game, we’re approaching it as the biggest game of the series,” Bergeron said.  “That’s how you have to look at it. It’s the biggest game of the series and go from there."

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