The Bruins tied up their series with the Canadiens at two games apiece, but there's plenty of room for improvement.
"I don’t think our team is playing badly at all," says Claude Julien. "It’s just I know our team is still capable of playing a bit better than we have."
Before the series even began, it seemed likely that the Bruins and Canadiens were destined to play the full seven games. Nothing has happened through the first four to change that impression.
Neither team has been able to distance themselves from their opponent.
"This might be a kind of uneasiness that we hear from the Bruins for the entire series," says Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty. "Right now you’re seeing two teams with two different strengths that are a good matchup for each other."
One can't help but wonder how much better things would be for the Bruins if they could get their first line going.
The Bruins like to play in the corners, but the Canadiens' speed has made that difficult. We haven't seen the big hits from guys like Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla. David Krejci, meanwhile, finds himself in a full-on slump.
"What we’ve found with David Krejci is I think he’s found a really formidable opponent in Thomas Plekanec," says Haggerty.
The series now becomes a best-of-three and Saturday's Game 5 will put one team on the doorstep of the Conference Finals. If we've learned anything through these first four games, however, it's that momentum can be short-lived.