BOSTON — The comebacks by the current Bruins team have been numerous in these 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs.
A 2-0 deficit in games against Montreal and a two-goal deficit in Game 4 were no problem. A two-goal deficit in Game 2 at Philadelphia was quickly erased. The Bruins won Game 2 and 3 after dropping Game 1 on home ice to Tampa Bay in the current Eastern Conference Final.
So recent history tells us that losing Game 4 — even though it was a dramatic collapse from 3-0 up — shouldn’t affect the Bruins in tonight’s Game 5 at the TD Garden.
“I think our team’s pretty experienced and we’ve got a lot of veteran leadership in this room,” said defenseman Dennis Seidenberg after the team’s morning skate, which included everyone except Mark Recchi. “And that makes it easy for us to forget about those letdowns. Again tonight, we’ve got to do that. I don’t think anyone’s thinking too much about last game.”
Head coach Claude Julien didn’t sound like a guy inclined to make lineup changes and also declared that Tomas Kaberle would be in the lineup as he was responding to a question about pulling the veteran defenseman out.
Julien’s patience has paid off in the past. And it’s that confidence that guidance that allows alternate captain Patrice Bergeron and his teammates to always look forward.
“It’s good. It’s a series and it’s not going to be easy. No one said that, we all knew that,” said the veteran center. “It’s 2-2, if you look at it. It’s not like we’re out of it or we’re behind the 8-ball. We’ve got to make sure we play our game and go out there, and tonight we’ve got to bounce back, that’s sure. At the same time, there’s no sense to panic here. Just go out there and show some character and be desperate.”
“I think we’ve stayed resilient all year,” he concluded. “It’s our character. I think that’s the biggest thing. We have a lot of character in this room. We’ve been showing that all year.”