Bruins bring near-perfect Game 3 record to Montreal

Bruins bring near-perfect Game 3 record to Montreal
May 6, 2014, 3:00 pm
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BOSTON – If the Bruins can rest easy on one thing, it’s their sterling postseason record when it comes to performances in Game 3’s under Claude Julien. It’s a key game when it comes to seizing control in a best-of-seven playoff series, and the Bruins are a dominant 14-1 in previous Game 3 scenarios in the seven seasons that Julien has been behind the bench for the Black and Gold.

The only loss in a Game 3 for a Julien-coached Bruins team was in the 2009 second round series against the Carolina Hurricanes where Boston fell behind by a 2-1 margin, and then eventually folded in Game 7 at TD Garden. That was a much more inexperienced, younger Bruins hockey team five years ago against the Canes, and now they’ve won 10 straight Game 3’s headed into Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

It doesn’t mean the Bruins will just roll out the pucks and expect to win against Montreal, but it also speaks to how many playoff series they’ve come to control over the last few years.

“I think this is two teams that have some experience, and it’s been apparent,” said Patrice Bergeron. “You learn from previous years, and you use that experience now. I think it’s an important game in controlling the series. They’re all important, but this is definitely a big one in our minds. We have to do the job.”

In the first round against the Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins essentially sucked the life out of the Winged Wheels with a 3-0 shutout win at Joe Louis Arena where they dominated Detroit from beginning to end. That kind of a road performance can have a larger-than-life impact when it comes to momentum and gaining the upper hand, and that’s exactly what the Black and Gold will be attempting in trying to regain home ice advantage with a win in hostile Montreal territory.