RALEIGH — The way the Boston Bruins’ Game 3 loss to Carolina Wednesday night in the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the two clubs went down, captain Zdeno Chara’s poor clearing pass that was intercepted and turned into the winning goal in overtime was just the last of many miscues the club produced on the night.
Chara was at the end of a shift and the Bruins were in the midst of changing lines, but to his credit the Norris Trophy finalist didn’t want to use any excuses when explaining himself after his team’s morning skate in preparation for Game 4 at RBC Center today.
The Bruins trail the series, 2-1.
“It’s something that I need to bear down more on the puck a little bit better,” he said. “It’s unfortunate it ended up in our own net. But like I said, it’s behind us and it’s over.”
Putting the last two losses behind them is a theme Chara thinks his teammates are carrying out quite well heading into tonight’s crucial contest.
“We know what’s at stake. We all realize the situation we are in. And obviously we have to approach it that way. We can’t do much about the past two games. We just have to look forward and obviously it’s the most important game for us.”
“We all know what we have to do and what we have to improve on,” he continued. “We all realize that this team is much better than we’ve shown these two games. As individuals and as a whole team, we all know we can be better.”
One area that can definitely be better is the Bruins’ intensity level right off the bat in this game. Chara theorized that there’s a hatred of the Hurricanes that’s lacking as opposed to when the Bruins face other teams.
“Those series against Montreal and in the season against rivals, the Rangers, Philadelphia, we were more intense,” he said. “I think we need to bring our game to that level.”
So with almost everything on the line tonight, Chara and the Bruins will try to bring a high-level of play and animosity to the task at hand.