Overtime’s all about attack mode for Bruins this spring

BOSTON — Bruins head coach Claude Julien’s message before his team takes the ice for overtime in the playoffs is pretty simple: play to win.

Julien doesn’t want anyone thinking conservatively once the extra session begins, and that philosophy has paid off with four overtime wins in four attempts so far.

“Well we are trying to keep things the same. The biggest thing is, in overtime there’s no doubt, you’ve got to tell your players to play to win. Don’t sit back,” said Julien today after his team went through off-ice workouts at TD Garden. “But the main thing is about trying to make sure you minimize those mistakes that can be costly, because it doesn’t take much. You look at [Monday] night, it was a rim from their defenseman to the other one that he wasn’t capable of getting. And we pounced on that puck, and took advantage of it [for the winning goal].”

It’s worth noting that the 1993 Montreal Canadiens played and won five overtime games through their first nine postseason contests on their way to 10 playoff overtime wins and the ’93 Stanley Cup championship. If the Bruins players keep executing Julien’s strategy after the first 60 minutes, Boston might wind up challenging that Habs record.

Boston leads its Eastern Conference semifinal series with Philadelphia, 2-0, after an overtime win in Game 2 Monday. The Bruins won three overtime games against Montreal in the first round.

“In overtime, the message is to shoot from anywhere,” said center Gregory Campbell. “Funny things happen in overtime. So we played pretty well overall …

“If you go out there and play careful – not to say that you want to play reckless – but if you go out there and play careful and not to win, then usually it’s not a very good philosophy.”

Oh, there’s a little matter of all-world goaltending from Tim Thomas that also makes the Bruins a tough out once the game gets to sudden death. And, according to forward Mark Recchi, it also helps to have solid camaraderie.

“We believe in each other. And obviously goaltending’s a huge part of that too,’ said the veteran. “But we definitely believe in what we’re doing and what we’re capable of doing. We trust in each other and that’s what we have to continue to do. … When we’re doing our jobs, we’re a good hockey team.”

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