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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- In the Stanley Cup Final, you can’t afford to spend time wondering about what might have been. So as the Bruins left the ice Wednesday night, they didn’t dwell on being 18 seconds away from overtime.  

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Instead, it was time to prepare for the next game.

“18 seconds to go, it kind of hurts,” Boston forward David Krejci said. “But we’ll forget about it. We’ve been in this situation before and we’ll get ready for the next game.”

As they get ready for Saturday night, the Bruins are focused on what they did well in Game 1. It was, to be sure, a goaltender’s battle, but one marked by a strong defensive effort and a physical battle that sent skaters from both teams back and forth across the ice.  

And it was the first time this season the Canucks went into the third period of a playoff game scoreless.

“Overall, we were, you know, doing some good things,” Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron said. “It’s about making sure we’re ready for the next one and turning the page.”

One of Boston’s positives from the 1-0 loss was their penalty kill. Vancouver’s power play is fast and dangerous, its success leading the league this season. In last night’s chippy, penalty-rich game, the Canucks had six power play chances to utilize their most lethal weapon.  

Six times, the Bruins held the league’s highest-scoring team off.

“We have to look at the positives,” defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said. “We played a real solid road game, we played solid defensively, that’s what we have to build on.”

It’s clear Boston intends to take last night’s performance and improve upon it heading into Saturday. The team is already looking ahead to when the puck drops in Game 2, ready to improve upon Wednesday’s play.

“It didn’t go our way, but [there’s] still lots of hockey left,” Krejci said. “[We’ll] forget about today and come back here tomorrow and get ready for the next one.”

Goaltender Tim Thomas agreed, adding that the score of the game was hardly important as the Bruins mentally shift to preparation for Game 2.

“A loss is a loss. It really doesn’t matter what the score was at the end of the day,” Thomas said, “especially by the time Saturday comes around, it’s not going to matter that it was one-nothing.”

---Elizabeth Traynor
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