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Pregame Notebook: Game 3 @ MTL

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins – Currently, the Boston Bruins find themselves awaiting Game 3 in a particularly unpleasant position.

Boston has traveled to Montreal for the third installment of the first-round series and can expect a capacity crowd in the daunting Bell Centre tonight.  They also find themselves down two games to none, a situation in which they are 0-26 (in terms of winning a series) throughout their franchise history.

As such, the Bruins know they are in a tough spot and must win at least one of the next two games in Montreal if they wish to see the TD Garden ice again this season and both if they wish to regain home-ice advantage.

Boston looks to begin that quest tonight when puck drops on Game 3 and the Bruins will then travel to Lake Placid for two days of preparation before returning to Montreal for Game 4 on Thursday.

Bruins Better On the Road
Throughout the regular season it was no secret that the Bruins were a better team on the road than at home. Boston finished the regular season with a 24-12-5 (53 points) road record and just a 22-13-6 (50 points) mark at home.

The Bruins will look to continue that trend in the Bell Centre tonight.

“It might be good for us to get on the road,” defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said.

“We’ve been good on the road the whole season. And now we have to get going and start winning.”

The Bruins finished the regular season ranked fifth in the league in road record. The Canadiens finished ranked seventh in the league in home record.

“I think we’re probably one of the top teams in the league on the road. It might be a good thing for us to get there and really simplify things and get more composed than we are right now,” B’s forward Mark Recchi said.

“We’ll be fine as long as we regroup here and as long as we embrace it and get ready for a big situation on Monday. The pressure is on us now. I believe in this group of guys and we’re going to have to go show them on Monday.”

The key to a good road game is keeping things simple and that’s something the Bruins will look to do tonight.

“That’s hopefully something that can help us get back in the series,” Bruin head coach Claude Julien said yesterday of the team going on the road.

 “That’s going to be up to us to have that same approach as we’ve had most of the year on the road. We’ve been a good road team, we’ve done the things better, and for some reason on the road you seem to want to keep your game a little simpler than you do at home. And that’s something that’s going to have to happen.

“Keep it simple, but keep it efficient and maybe if we do that we’ll make less mistakes.”

Lucic Ready to Step Up
The Bruins No. 1 line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton has been all but nonexistent in the first two games of the postseason. So much so, Coach Julien dismantled the usually productive threesome in the third period of Saturday night’s game.

Lucic, Horton and Krejci. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Julien put Rich Peverley on the top line, while sliding Horton down to skate with Chris Kelly and Michael Ryder on the third line.

“We’re definitely upset. We’re not happy with the results of the last two games, the first two games. And the main thing is we’re, it’s like, we’re fighting the puck and it’s almost like we’re shooting ourselves in the foot,” Lucic said yesterday before the team headed for Montreal.

But after going down 2-0, Lucic is ready to step up knowing the third seeded Bruins are now the underdogs in the series.

“No one is going to do it but us,” Lucic said. “For myself and the rest of the guys on the team, we’re the ones that need to go our there and do it and rise up to the occasion.

"And it’s not just one guy. We’re going to have to unite as a team here and do it together.”

The big left-winger recognizes that the Bruins, the odds-on favorites to win the series prior to it beginning, have their backs against the wall.

“Especially going into Montreal. We haven’t won there this year. It’s the only building we haven’t won in,” Lucic said.

“We have been a really good road team this year, but we’re definitely the underdogs going into the rest of the series. But we’re not thinking about that at all.

"We’re just thinking about what we need to do to get ourselves back in the series."

In Other News...
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced yesterday that the club has signed forward Tyler Randell to an entry-level contract. Per club policy, the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Randell, a 6’1”, 197-lb native of Brampton, Ontario, had 20-12-32 totals in 68 games this season for the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers. He also had 160 PIM, which led the team, and his 19 regular season fighting majors tied for second in the OHL.

The 19-year-old was drafted by the Bruins in the sixth round (176th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He appeared in 250 OHL games with the Belleville Bulls and Kitchener Rangers, with 58-43-101 totals and 371 PIM.

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