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Thinking About Game 4

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
TAMPA BAY, Fla. -- It didn't take the Bruins long to turn the page to Game 4, but following an optional skate on Friday afternoon, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien was first asked about the differences between the B's win in Game 2 and last night's 2-0 victory in Game 3.

Julien. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
"You get into these situations where a game opens up for some reason," said Julien of the B's 6-5 win in Game 2. "As hard as you try, it’s really hard to reel the guys back in.

"It almost takes, I guess, a momentum of its own. Obviously, both teams seemed to be stuck in that mode in Game 2, but I thought we did a much better job yesterday, to play closer to where our game’s been all about.

"And it just seemed to suit us and fit us a lot better. So, hopefully that continues."

Certainly, the return of center Patrice Bergeron could account for some of the B's renewed defensive responsibility.

"Well we’ve always said he’s one of our best two-way payers," said Julien. "So you regain one of your best players...and that’s a big boost for our hockey club.

"But again, I would say it’s important to give credit to the rest of the team too, because we all did a good job as a group as for as not giving out out-numbered situations, making sure we didn’t all get caught down low and that stuff.

"We were also able to have a real effective forecheck going on that night. So really, I liked the way our guys were focused and how they read off each other," he said.

Of course, having defensemen like Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg playing at the top of their game can't hurt either.

"Zdeno and Seidenberg have been very good for us. And for the amount of minutes they’ve played, there’s no complaints from our end of it," said Julien. "I think they’ve been pretty solid D’s."

After the Bruins allowed ten goals in Games 1 and 2, Tim Thomas was also solid in net for the B's on Thursday night.

"I think Timmy’s one of those guys, where he’s at in his career, his age and everything else, when those opportunities come you want to make sure you make the best of it," said Julien. "And he wants to be part of the success and he’s done a great job at allowing us to play with confidence in front of him.

"And he’s been great at bailing us out when we’ve had breakdowns."

But Coach Julien didn't give any breakdown of his own feelings about being two victories away from the Stanley Cup Finals.

"We don’t even talk about that honestly," said Julien. "Right now all we’ve talked about is how important the game tomorrow is for us.

"We don’t want to live in the past, yesterday was yesterday, tomorrow is what we want to talk about. We want to live in the present and today is about getting some good rest and making sure that tomorrow we are well rested and we have the energy and the focus to do a good job.

"That’s what we’ve been doing since the start and that’s what has helped us get through it from the start."
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