BostonBruins.com – In the first three games of the Boston/Montreal Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series, the team that scored first won the game.
|Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) keeps Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) from the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. The Bruins won 8-6. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) |
To the Bruins dismay, that team in the first two games was the Canadiens, but Monday night at the Bell Centre in Game 3, David Krejci
put the Bruins up early and the B’s sliced Montreal’s series lead in half to 2-1.
“I mean it worked last time, so we’ll just try and do the same tonight,” said B’s defenseman Adam McQuaid.
The rookie blueliner felt the fast start, and a more relaxed attitude going into Game 3 was the key component to Boston’s victory.
“We came out ready to play. We were focused,” McQuaid said.
“Maybe before we really, really wanted to come out hard and play well, and not that we didn’t want to in the last game, but we came out relaxed and focused and ready to go. I think that was probably a big help for us.”
Staying relaxed while remaining focused can be a challenge for even the most veteran of players, especially when considering the context of this series.
“It’s a great atmosphere here. It always is, and you have to enjoy it. It’s an exciting time,” McQuaid said of skating in the Bell Centre. “It’s something you can either draw energy from, or you can go the other way. So you have to just kind of make the best of it.”
Despite taking a moment to step back and enjoy his first postseason, McQuaid is still aware of the Bruins situation, being down in the series two games to one, and knows Boston still has a hole to dig themselves out of.
“Obviously we’d be in a much better situation going home tied 2-2 than to be down 3-1,” he said.
“The main thing really, is just to focus on tonight, not worry...so much about the outcome, [but about] how we’re going to play, taking it one shift at a time.
"Really that’s all you can do.”