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Bruins focusing on second round, not sweep of rivals

by James Murphy
The Boston Garden was shaking, the fans united in a thunderous ovation one April night in 1992. Peter Douris had just scored an empty-netter to seal the deal for the Bruins and finish an improbable sweep of the rival Canadiens. Hats, shirts -- even a burning Canadiens jersey -- littered the ice. 

For that Bruins team, beating the hated Habs was its own mini-version of winning the Stanley Cup. But for the current Bruins, who repeated what that 1992 team did, sweeping Montreal in the first round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the satisfaction became a memory immediately.

The Bruins are ready to move on and get back to business. That's not surprising. Since the 2008-09 season started, and even more so since the playoffs began, this team has been all business.

"We want to enjoy it, but at the same time we know that, hopefully, our ultimate goal is ahead of us," captain Zdeno Chara said. "We are obviously moving forward and this is not the end of the season. We're going for the ultimate prize."

Shawn Thornton, who won a Cup with Anaheim in 2007, knows this attitude and approach is essential to playoff success.

"This team is really one of the best I've been around when it comes to moving on from a game or not getting too high or too low," Thornton said. "We know why you play this game and what the ultimate goal is. We do a great job of keeping that in perspective and that is huge in the playoffs. We never get too high or too low."

"I know you guys hate those clichés, but we do believe in what we're saying and we also do a good job at following it on the ice," forward Michael Ryder said. "This is a great dressing room, we have our fun, but when it's time to play, yeah, we really are all business."

Forward Patrice Bergeron, who has never faced any other team than the Canadiens in the playoffs, is ready for the second round.

"I'm excited, but I'm really looking forward to the next round and playing more playoff hockey," Bergeron said. "This was all I knew so far because I had only played Montreal in the playoffs, but now we have a chance to play another team in the second round and hopefully to accomplish some big things. So really, I just want to keep playing."

Coach Claude Julien appreciates that his team can practice what they preach.

"It's the type of team where I really don't have to say much to make them play better or correct their mistakes," Julien said. "This team is always focused and they really are good at moving from one game to the next. That is probably one of our greatest strengths."

Following the game, Julien was asked how long he and his team would savor the organization's first playoff victory since 1999.

"Tomorrow, it's gone," Julien said emphatically. "The players have the day off (Thursday) and a chance to empty the tank, but then it's back to business on Friday. I want our guys focused and sharp. This is something that if we want it to last, we can't let our guard down too long."

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