BOSTON - If you look at the big picture, the Bruins are facing a daunting task. Overcoming a 3-1 series deficit is anything but easy.
That's why Boston is choosing to look at what's ahead of them at a more micro level. From here on out, it's one shift, one period, and one game at a time. The focus is solely on beating the Senators in Game 5 Friday night at Canadian Tire Centre.
"The message for us is we need to win one in a row three times," said Bruins interim head coach Bruce Cassidy. "We've also been a team as recently as the end of the year that won six in a row, so I think our guys know that we're capable of stringing together wins, so that part of it, the mental part of it, we've done recently.
"And the way we've lost a lot of those games is we're right there. The difference in the game is a play or two, it's not like they dominated, we don't feel that way…for us it's a play or two here or there. It just starts with Friday night."
The nail-biting nature of the first four games of this First Round series - each game has been decided by one goal - has given the Bruins some self-assurance as they attempt to mount a series comeback.
"All the games have been decided by one goal, it's not like we haven't had a chance," said David Krejci. "Just go out there and play…in the playoffs, the momentum can change quickly. All it takes is one game."
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Despite now having lost seven of eight games to the Senators this season, the Bruins did prove they could win in Ottawa with their come-from-behind victory in Game 1 of this series. The Black & Gold also built a 3-1 lead in their eventual Game 2 overtime loss.
That success, while limited, is plenty of reason to think they can claim victory on Friday night.
"You don't really have any choice but to look forward and move on from the last couple games and go into Ottawa - we've won there before, so shouldn't be any problem doing it again," said Joe Morrow. "I think the group just needs to stay positive and keep their mind on the task at hand."
The task at hand is to win at all costs, which means it will be all hands on deck - for as long as it takes - to get the needed result. As such, Cassidy acknowledged he could alter his approach when it comes to shortening the bench.
"When your back's against the wall, you are desperate," he said. "We have to overplay guys. It is one game at a time now. We can't be worried about Sunday - [Wednesday] night you could think a bit about that picture…you're still in the moment.
"But now you have to win the game Friday night. It's that simple. If guys have to play a little more then that's what we're going to have to do and we'll worry about Sunday [on] Sunday."
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Whoever is on the ice will need to do a better job of cashing in on their offensive opportunities. The Bruins struggled to solve Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson in Game 4, despite a number of strong chances that included a Brad Marchand breakaway in the opening minutes.
"We just have to realize that we're starting to get those opportunities," said Marchand. "Feels like the more we go on here we're getting a little more comfortable and seem to be getting a few better looks, but they have a good team, good goalie, they play well defensively, so we do have to take advantage of the opportunities we get."
If they do, the odds of a Game 6 at TD Garden on Sunday will increase exponentially.
"I don't think anybody in this room after the game last night, or talking to them today already, doesn't believe that you win the next one and you start the momentum in the right way," said David Backes. "You get that feeling like the little bounces or those little plays will go our way. Just have that belief."
One shift, one period, one game at a time.