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Bruins Aim to Be Better in Game 3

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- The B's will head to TD Garden for practice on Tuesday morning sporting a 2-0 lead in their second round series, but not one of them sounded willing to put any stock in the scoreboard until Round 2 is over.


Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Boucher looks towards referee Eric Furlatt who signals a goal scored by Kelly in the first period in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NHL Stanley Cup playoffs series, Monday, May 2, 2011, in Philadelphia. The Bruins won 3-2. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
"Yeah, it’s great to come in and get the two wins but we are far from done," said Chris Kelly, who beat Philadelphia's Brian Boucher for the Bruins first goal in Game 2.

"Obviously, Montreal did this same thing to us and we know [the Flyers are] going to come out hard in Boston."

Asked if the Montreal series put the B's lead in the series in starker perspective, Kelly said, "Oh, I think you’re always learning, you always go through things, it seems, for a reason.

"For whatever reason, we had to battle from being down two games in Montreal and it made us a stronger team.”

This strong Boston team doesn't intend on going down the same road as the bleu, blanc et rouge of 2011 or the 2010 Black & Gold, but both David Krejci and Tim Thomas said that being up 2-0 has obvious advantages.

"It’s good to be on the other side this round," said Krejci, who scored Monday night's game-winner in OT.

"We can control our own things and bring it back to our building," he explained. "We are going to use our fans as our seventh player and just go out there and take it game by game.

"Hopefully we can win the third one and go from therei".

"We do know from the way that we were able to come back last series though that a 2-0 lead...doesn’t mean that the series is over," said Thomas, who made 52 saves in Game 2.
"We still have a lot of work in front of us.

"As long as we take the same approach one game at a time, one period at a time, one shift at a time I think that’s the right approach."

Brad Marchand, who scored the B's game-tying goal for Boston, doesn't think the Flyers will lay down in TD Garden-- not by a long shot.

"We did a great job battling back, but they really took it to us there in the third and in overtime," said the rookie forward. "Timmy made some unbelievable saves to keep us in it.

"It was great that we rallied together and [got] the win. It was tough out there."

Marchand also talked about the series shifting to Boston and the Bruins getting to play Game 3 with a 2-0 lead in the series, but held the same mixed emotions as his older teammates.

"It’s huge," he said. "It gives you a lot of confidence going home.

"At the same  time...with Montreal in that series, you know  they won the first two and lost the first two at home," said Marchand. "So, we have to  make sure that when we go home, we play as good as we did on the road.”

Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien hopes the B's have also learned the lesson they taught the Habs in Round 1.

"They took a two-nothing lead and we never gave up on that," said Julien. "Teams that make it this far are teams that have a lot of character, we know they are not going to give up.

"We know what has happened with this team. They have a lot of character and they are capable of bouncing back just like they did in the last round. So we’re going to have to be ready for them

"We need to understand that tonight’s game wasn’t good enough for our hockey club and we hold ourselves responsible for higher standards and we are going to have to be better."
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