By Danny Picard
BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; A day later, the message was clear. The Bruins, who blew a3-0 Game 4 lead in Tampa Bay on Saturday afternoon, are moving forward from the5-3 loss and are strictly focusing on Game 5.
Coach Claude Julien said on Sunday afternoon that thenegatives have been addressed, and its time to put the Game 4 collapse behindthem.
Were fine, said Julien at the TD Garden. This is whathockeys all about. Its a tight series, and we understand that we didnt do avery good job from the second period on. You have to think about what you needto do tomorrow, to be able to bounce back. And thats all were thinking aboutright now.
You make corrections, you make adjustments, you do thethings you have to do, but when youre this far into the playoffs, youcertainly dont let the mental part of the game get to you.
Its that mental part of another Bruins collapse that couldbe a concerning factor for the rest of the Eastern Conference Finals. Buteverybody in the locker room said the same thing on Sunday -- that it will dothem no good to dwell on a previous loss.
In the playoffs, a loss is a loss, and you have to put thataside, Julien said. And you have to move on. You cant carry that baggagewith you.
Oh, were fine," said Mark Recchi. Its a best-of-threenow. We went down there. We kept home ice. We did the job we had to do. Youtake a loss like yesterday, and you cant worry about it. If you dwell on it,its just going to screw you up. So weve got to take the positives from it,and get ready for tomorrow.
If you dwell on it too much, and let it bring you down,its only going to make things worse, Milan Lucic said. In the playoffs, itsnot time to start second-guessing yourself.
Thats not to just completely act like nothing happened.While the Bruins mindset seems to be Game 5 and Game 5 only, they do realizewhat they did wrong.
We were doing things that were uncharacteristic, Lucic said. We werent sharp, like we were the four periods prior. We got away fromour game. We definitely sat back, and those are things you have to learn from,and address.
When were a determined group, were a hard team to playagainst. I think yesterday, especially in the last two periods,we didnt play that determined style, and we were an easy team to playagainst.
I think everybody understands what we did wrong, because wecertainly addressed it, Julien said. Now its time to turn the page andcorrect those things and move on . . . We havent changed a ton of things. Youmake minor adjustments, but you dont change your system, and you dont changeyour style of play. So we just have to be focused on tomorrow, making sure thatwhat we did in the first period yesterday, is what we have to do for threeperiods.
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