Julien: Bruins must play desperate to avoid Game 7

Julien: Bruins must play desperate to avoid Game 7
May 12, 2014, 4:00 pm
Share This Post

MONTREAL – The Bruins didn’t really want to talk about what happened the last time they had a 3-2 lead over the Montreal Canadiens in a playoff series with Game 6 at the Bell Centre. The Habs scored on a pair of 5-on-3 power play goals and Milan Lucic was bounced from the game for a hit from behind call on Jaroslav Spacek that seemed a tad excessive given the playoff setting.

Of course the Bruins ended up winning Game 7 vs. the hated Habs in overtime, and went to win the Stanley Cup. But when presented with the scenario, the B’s players said Monday night’s game at the Bell Centre has nothing to do with the loss three years ago in the same scenario.

“This has nothing to do with what happened three years ago. We’ve learned a lot since then, and come a long way,” said Brad Marchand. “I think we know that any time you have an opportunity to close out a series you want to take advantage of that. Those are always the hardest games.

“The team is going to be fighting for their lives, and playing like it’s a Game 7. We need to make sure we play our best game because they’re going to play their best game of the series. Especially at home, they play very well.”

What might have some relevance, however: Claude Julien is 0-4 in Game 6 closeout opportunities on the road in the playoffs during his seven seasons with the Boston Bruins. So the Bruins could start to erase one of the few playoff blemishes still remaining with the Black and Gold under Julien with a desperate, dominating performance similar to the Game 5 beating on home ice.

Julien was asked what the difference is in these kinds of games – and perhaps what the Bruins were lacking in losing to the Flyers, Canadiens, Lightning and Leafs in previous situations – and said it simply comes down to being the more desperate hockey club.

“There’s one team that’s desperate tonight, and rightfully so. There’s a team on the other side that has to be just as desperate because you don’t want a Game 7,” said Julien. “That’s my approach. We have to play our best game of the series to close out any series because you’re going to get the best of their team.”

The Bruins will try, for the first time under Julien, to bring their best into a Game 6 elimination game on the road.