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Bruins at ease in 'enemy territory' against Blues for Game 3 of Cup Final

Like chances of taking series lead on road, where they're 6-2 during playoffs

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins are 6-2 on the road during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, so they don't expect anything unusual when they play at the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

The best-of-7 series is tied after the Bruins' eight-game winning streak ended with a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 2 at Boston on Wednesday.

Boston has rebounded on the road before. After losing Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round to the Toronto Maple Leafs on home ice, the Bruins won Game 6 in Toronto and the series in seven games. They trailed the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 in the second round before winning the next three games, two at Nationwide Arena. They ended the Carolina Hurricanes' five-game postseason winning streak at PNC Arena en route to sweeping the Eastern Conference Final.

 

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"We've been in enemy territory," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Toronto, not easy to win there. Went to Columbus, Carolina.

"We've got a veteran crew. They've been there before. I don't anticipate they'll be overwhelmed. I suspect St. Louis will be up, should be. The team is in the Stanley Cup Finals."

The Bruins left for St. Louis without defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who is day to day in concussion protocol after he was boarded by Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist at 17:57 of the first period in Game 2. (Sundqvist was suspended for Game 3 by the NHL Department of Player Safety for boarding.)

But they brought with them some lessons they took from the defeat.

"Well I think we obviously have to respond after a game like we played last night," Bruins center Patrice Bergeron said. "It's always about what's in front of you, whatever's behind is in the past and you have no control over it. 

"I think when a game like last night happens, you look at what you can improve and get better and get back to what you know is successful to your team and to you individually and that's all. You just have to go out there and play your style or way and worry about what we can really control."

Bergeron quickly identified a few areas where Boston needs to improve.

"I think taking care of the pucks first of all, executing a little better in our zone," he said. "I think that it starts there. And yeah, a lot of unforced errors I thought last night. And just an overall better game, very simply. I don't think there's 50 things that need to be better, I think it's just play a little bit more our way, our style like we did in Game 1 [a 4-2 win]."

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