|The Canadiens will again look to eliminate the Bruins on Saturday night in Boston. |
MONTREAL – The Bruins will live to play another day, but they remain an endangered species with the Canadiens still holding a 3-2 series edge.
With a capacity crowd at the Bell Centre ready to toast their team’s qualification for the second round, the Bruins pulled a rabbit from their hats to force a Game 6 on Saturday night in Boston.
After taking a tough 5-1 loss on the chin, playoff veteran Bryan Smolinski had some wisdom to impart on his young teammates.
“My advice would be that we just need to throw this one right out the window,” suggested Smolinski. “But we can also learn from what happened here tonight and we’re going to have to do that.”
Despite the Canadiens’ 3-2 series edge, Steve Begin knows that he and the top-ranked Canadiens have yet to show what they really can do.
“We haven’t really been playing our game for the past few games, not just tonight,” said Begin, who sits second in the NHL with 25 postseason hits. “We knew it wasn’t going be easy to close this series out.”
Begin also came to the defense of his young goalie whose storybook playoff run hit its first bump in the road with Carey Price
allowing as many goals on Thursday as he did through the first four games of the series.
“We let Carey down tonight,” admitted Begin. “He’s not going to stop them all and we need to be better in front of him.”
The Bruins doing anything but rolling over and dying was no surprise to Patrice Brisebois.
“In the playoffs, no team is just going to hand you a win,” explained the 37-year-old Brisebois, who now co-leads the Habs along with Alex Kovalev with four points in the series. “We played well in Boston, and now we just have to go back there and try to end the series. When you have a tough game like tonight, you just need to turn the page. Start with a clean slate is what we need to do.”Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com