BOSTON, MA – The Stanley Cup Final is now a best of three series. With the teams tied at two games apiece, Saturday’s Game Five at United Center in Chicago becomes pivotal. The team that wins will be one victory away from capturing the Cup and will have the chance to clinch on Monday night back in Boston.
“Obviously it's a brand new series and its always hard to win on away ice. We want to come out a lot stronger than we did last time,” said forward Tyler Seguin, who stopped to talk to the media while signing autographs at the Bruins’ fan sendoff at TD Garden Friday morning.
“It’s tough, but we know we can do it,” added captain Zdeno Chara of the series returning back to Chicago tied 2-2. “We have a good enough team. We just have to be ready. It’s going to be a battle.”
Having already won a game in Chicago (a 2-1 win in Game Two), the Bruins know what it takes to play well in hostile territory.
“It’s huge,” said Chara of the Bruins’ ability to win away from the Garden. “You need to be able to win games on the road. It’s something that good teams have got to do, and certainly we’ve done it once, so we’ve got to do our best to do it again.”
The extra day off in between Games Four and Five – the second two-day break of the series – was beneficial to both teams. The added time meant more preparation and a little bit of rest after yet another overtime thriller on Wednesday night, the third OT game of the series.
“A little bit,” said Johnny Boychuk, when asked if the two days off was a good thing. “You go over things you need to do better, or things that you’ve done well. You get to rest your body and get back at it.”
“It’s good for us to regain our energy and get our focus back,” added Tuukka Rask. “You’re always going to shake things off no matter if you win or lose, and move on. I think yesterday helped us.
“You play a lot of hockey, obviously. It gets tough. But it’s still the Finals, so we’ll find the energy no matter what.”
Rask also said the Bruins are “really confident” heading into Saturday night. They have forgotten about the Game Four loss and are focused on getting one step closer to their ultimate goal.
“Nothing special. Just move on,” said Rask on what the team is looking to do in Game Five. “Take the good things, focus on the positive things; and negative things, see what you got to improve. That’s about it.
“We’ve got to focus on tomorrow, hopefully get the win and have a chance to finish it at home.”
“It's been an even and tight series and we're expecting the same thing again [Saturday],” added Bergeron. “It's going to be a tough game. We just have to go out there and do the job.”