But Bruins forward Rich Peverley
doesn’t want to recognize the similarities.
“I think last year is last year,” Peverley said before the team’s flight Sunday. “Yeah, we can take experience from last year, but nothing stays the same.
“We are 1-1 right now and I think going into Washington we focus on Game 3 and that’s all we focus on. We don’t worry about Game 4 – we just focus on winning tomorrow.”
The storylines heading into Monday’s game have revolved around Washington’s ability to limit the Bruins quality chances, while matching the Black & Gold’s rough-and-tough physicality.
The Bruins have scored just one goal in each of the games, despite having put 74 shots on net.
“Well, I think if you’re going to put the focus on positives, we’re playing good defensively,” Peverley said.
“But, I mean you average one goal a game it’s obviously not enough and I think we can definitely create more scoring opportunities.”
It’s clear that the Capitals have altered their game to match the black-and-blue style of hockey the B’s are known for, but Peverley said it’s most important that the team doesn’t try to hard to re-adjust their style and overcompensate for Washington’s physical play.
“I think no matter who we play we have to play our way, that’s how we’ve been successful,” Peverley said. “We got to continue to get better and this is a process – we do have to start playing better and working towards getting the best we can be.”
When pressed further on Washington’s style, Peverley struggled to categorize it.
“They play their way, whatever which way that is,” he said. “You don’t get a lot of chances on the rush, they clog the neutral zone a little bit. It’s about getting dumps, dumping the puck and retrieving it and they do a good job in their own zone.”
But Peverey didn’t focus on the Capitals for long. Like Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien emphasized all season, the focus was more on what the B’s needed to do, rather than what the opposing team brings to the table.
For the Bruins forward, the answer was simple.
“We just have get some more Grade A scoring chances,” Pevelrey said.