Bruins know ‘how bad they want it’
|05.11.09 at 12:45 am ET|
We want it as bad as you. It’s been the slogan of these Boston Bruins all season.
On Sunday night, the Bruins showed their electrified fans how badly they want to become the first team in franchise history to come all the way back from a 3-1 series hole.
Sunday night’s 4-0 shellacking of the Carolina Hurricanes was Step 1 in what they hope is a three-step journey to history.
“You can over systems as much as you want to but it really comes down to, ‘How bad do you want it?’ You’ve got to give Carolina credit,” Bruins hitman Milan Lucic said. “They’ve just shown all series long that they’ve wanted it real bad and, especially Games 2,3 and 4, they really didn’t give us nothing and were on us like crazy. Today we did a better job of keeping our composure and having that will to win.”
It was of course Lucic’s hit on Dennis Seidenberg in the first period that set the tone. But Lucic reminded everyone afterward that that hit, just like the win, was simply a step in the right direction, not the final destination. He also knows what awaits Tuesday night in Raleigh as the Hurricanes will have another chance to end the Bruins season.
“This is a step in the right direction,” Lucic said. “It’s not going to be easy. We’re going into a tough building adn it’s going to show what kind of character we have going into the next game.
“Anything less that what we’ve had tonight is unacceptable,” Lucic continued. “We know that they’re going to be ready to play and that their fans will be into it. They’re going to try and throw everything at us. We expect them to bring their best and we need to respond. We wanted to have another game and we weren’t ready for the summer yet.”
Head coach Claude Julien is confident that his team can get the job done in Game 6, on the road, where they were an impressive 24-13-4 during the regular season.
“We’ve been good on the road this year,” Julien said. “We have confidence that we can win on the road, and that if we bring the game that we played tonight to Carolina, we’re giving ourselves a good chance.”
Dennis Wideman put a different spin on things. He said winning once is easy, especially at home. Now the Bruins have no choice but to carry the same energy to RBC Center.
“Tonight was probably the easiest of the three left,” Wideman said. “Now we have to go back to Carolina and we know what kind of atmosphere there is there. We’re still the ones if we lose, we’re done, they still have two opportunities. It’s going to be tough. I’m sure they want to finish it in six but we have to be ready to go with them.”
Marc Savard assisted on both of Phil Kessel’s goals on Sunday. That type of playing-making will be crucial again on Tuesday.
“We have to go in there and win a game,” Savard said. “That is the big thing now. We have to go in there and keep our composure and make plays just like we did tonight. We were patient, made good (passes) and we are going to do that again up there.”