BOSTON – With a possible series clinching Game 6 looming in the Bell Centre Tuesday night, on Monday the Boston Bruins were not looking at Game 7 as a possible fall-back option.
|Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien draws up a play on a chalkboard during team practice at TD Garden in Boston Monday, April 25, 2011 as they prepare for Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday in Montreal. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) |
Instead, for Boston, the time is now.
“Just to talk about something else right now I don’t think is the right approach, it’s also a waste of energy and time,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien.
After falling behind 2-0 in the series, the Bruins have won three straight to take the series lead, 3-2.
Tomorrow night they are looking to cap off the comeback by winning their fourth game in a row, closing the series out on six games.
“As a team right now, we’re not thinking about game seven, we’re thinking about game six. And that is what is on our mind, that is what should be on our mind. And we realize how important it is to come play probably our best game of the series,” said Julien.
“And that’s basically where our focus is right now.”
Should Boston come back to clinch the series, it would be the first time the franchise has won a seven game series after losing the first two games.
“We have to focus on the moment. And you hear a lot of coaches and you hear a lot of players talking about the moment, and that’s what he have to focus on is the moment,” Julien said.
“The moment is tomorrow, us being ready to play game six.”
While the Bruins roster is up for the task, they know it will be no east feat.
Following today’s morning practice at TD Garden, the Bruins flew to Montreal to prepare for tomorrow’s game in the Bell Centre. Always packed full with an electric crowd, the Bell Centre is a tough place for opposing teams to skate.
Despite Boston taking both games played in the Bell Centre thus far this series, the Bruins are prepared for a tough match-up tomorrow and will look back on Game 3 and Game 4 as a blueprint for success in the usually daunting building.
“Well we know what the crowd is like, we know how good they are at home, we know how they come out with a lot of jump, and we understand that whole situation,” Julien said.
“Our determination has got to be there because they’re going to come out with some desperation. They’re going to come out hard and we have to be ready for that and we got to be ready to push back.”
If Montreal wants to overcome the confident Bruins to force a decisive Game 7 they will have to play the kind of desperate hockey that led them to through two come-from-behind series victories to the Conference Finals last season.
On the other hand, Boston will have to match and then overcome Montreal’s desperation to keep the pesky, quick-skating Habs at bay.
“When they are in that situation I think they are playing out of desperation, they are playing for their lives, you have to play that game with determination and that’s the difference,” said Julien.
“For us it’s about determination, for them it’s about desperation and you have to hope that the determination is better than their desperation.
"It’s as simple as that.”