Pierre McGuire on M&M: Bruins ‘much more disciplined on the road’
|05.06.14 at 12:37 pm ET|
Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joined Mut & Merloni on Tuesday morning to discuss the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Bruins and Canadiens. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
The Bruins evened up the series in dramatic fashion on Saturday, as the team rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period en route to a 5-3 victory in Game 2 at TD Garden.
“It was like Game 2 of Detroit and Boston, too, exactly what Boston had to do,” McGuire said. “Sometimes it takes a little while to warm up to a series, and it took the Bruins a little while to warm up to the Detroit series and they clearly did that in Game 2 and never lost another game in the series. I thought that Boston really warmed up to this series after losing in double overtime in Game 1. It takes a little while.
“They’re into it, they’re fully engaged now, and they’ll have to be because that will be a raucous crowd in Montreal tonight and Thursday night won’t get any easier.”
The Bruins once again struggled with maintaining their composure in Game 2. The Canadiens made use of six power-play opportunities in the contest, with two goals coming on the man advantage.
“It’s easier to say and harder to do,” said McGuire, adding: “It’s really difficult to talk about it and you keep getting hit over the head all the time with it, and I think there was some frustration because they were getting chances. … It’s all difficult stuff, but I think they’ll find their way. The one thing I know about this team, when they’re home, it’s one thing, because they want to please their fans so badly. … But the other thing, when they go on the road, I find them to be much more disciplined on the road than they are at home.”
It was not just the Bruins skaters getting penalized by the referees in Game 2, as Bruins coach Claude Julien was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the final minutes of the second period.
“It started early on in the game and I can tell you, he was really upset with [official] Scott Cherrey on an offside that he thought wasn’t an offside,” McGuire said. “Then it carried over to the second period, he didn’t like some of the calls going against his team, but it was nothing out of this world. It was nothing crazy. Trust me, I hear it all. It wasn’t anything nuts. And then, I don’t know what happened.”
Added McGuire: “I did not hear him say anything derogatory. I thought it was something that happened on the ice. I don’t know how [official] Dave Jackson heard anything from where he was standing from the Bruins bench, because it was definitely loud at that point in the game and when you’re on the ice, you’re down low. Unless you’re really scrutinizing, there’s no possible way you can hear anything.”
Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Bruins news, go to the team page at weei.com/bruins.
On the home-ice advantage of the Bell Centre: “Listen, there’s no conspiracy against any team when they go to Montreal, but the building is an intimidating building, it always has been. You walk into that building and all you see are Stanley Cup banners hanging from the roof. … It’s intimidating, it really is. Whether you like it or not, that’s just a fact of life. Every team aspires to build that kind of legacy, that kind of an intimidating home element to their game, whether it’s with the officials or the opponents and the players that represent their opponents. … You’re usually good for at least one bad call against your team per game and sometimes it’s a little bit more than that, but its not a conspiracy, it’s just human nature.”
On P.K. Subban ducking from a Shawn Thornton hit in Game 2, resulting in Thornton hurting his right knee on the play: “I didn’t like him ducking at all. … I thought he could have spun out of it or he could have taken the hit, and it would’ve been a hard hit, but he could’ve taken it. … Later on in the game, Brendan Gallagher gets absolutely smushed by Milan Lucic into the Bruins bench, and it’s almost virtually the same kind of play. Gallagher didn’t turtle out of it, he knew it was coming.”