BOSTON – Since they’ve already done it in the series and now they have no choice if they want to win the Stanley Cup, the Boston Bruins head back to Chicago fully confident they can post another victory at the raucous, patriotic United Center. They’ll know what to expect when the place goes bonkers during the Star Spangled Banner prior to the game, and look forward to the challenge.
“It’s where we’re at. We have to win one there. It’s not by any means an easy task,” said Adam McQuaid. “We’ll have to be at our absolute best, but if we come out with the right effort and stick to the things we do well, we’ll give ourselves a chance.”
The Bruins needed overtime, but they were able to execute a 2-1 win under the power of the reconfigured third line with goals from Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille.
That Boston victory handed Chicago only their second loss on their own home ice during the Stanley Cup playoffs, so clearly the Black and Gold know it will be a challenge while readying for Saturday night’s showdown with the Hawks.
But the Bruins have never been the sort that will back down from a stiff challenge, especially in a best-of-three series where the winners get to lift the Stanley Cup over their heads.
“We’re a confident group. We’re a group that has a lot of character, and enjoys these moments and opportunities to respond well. We’re going to be focused and ready to go,” said Tyler Seguin. “[Game 4] wasn’t a night to remember, but we can definitely bounce back from that.”
Clearly the Bruins will be looking for a better start than the last time they were in Chicago for Game 2, and were outshot by a 19-4 margin in the game’s first 20 minutes. That forced Boston to battle into overtime where the road teams have won 15 of the past 19 Stanley Cup Final OT games, including two of the three in this series, and are 20-6 since 1990 (.769). There’s nothing in the game plan to force it into overtime and seemingly guarantee victory on the road, and instead Boston just wants to return to the solid, committed two-way hockey they’ve been featuring for the last month.