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Bruins back in a hole, from which they’ve emerged before

Jun 22, 2013, 11:41 PM EDT

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The last time the Boston Bruins fell behind 3-2 in the Stanley Cup Final, it was no great shock for head coach Claude Julien, a man that had already seen his team fall behind and prevail before.

“We’ve been through this, I don’t know how many times,” Julien said on June 15, 2011, after a 1-0 loss in Vancouver. “We’re not a team that’s done anything the easy way, so in a way, it’s not a surprise we’re here.”

The Bruins, of course, would go on to win Games 6 and 7 to win their first NHL championship since 1972.

Now, two years later, they’re right back where they were, down 3-2 in the Cup final and going back home for Game 6.

And, once again, Julien is happy to give reporters a history lesson.

“It’s do or die,” he said Saturday following a 3-1 loss at the United Center. “We’ve been there before, and we’ve done well in that situation.”

Granted, there are notable differences from 2011.

First, it’s the Blackhawks, with a core of stars that’s shown it can get the job done — not the Canucks, with a core that hasn’t — that the Bruins are trailing.

On top of that, Boston’s best center, Patrice Bergeron, is hurt and questionable for Game 6, and its best defenseman, Zdeno Chara, has been on the ice for eight goals against in the last two games.

But if there’s a team that knows how to pull together when its backs are against the wall, the chips are down, and other assorted clichés, it’s these Boston Bruins. The Canucks learned that in 2011, as did the Montreal Canadiens. Most recently, the Toronto Maple Leafs thought they had the B’s beaten, only to regret not finishing the job.

“There’s no panic,” said Julien. “You’re not going to push us away that easily. We’re a committed group, and we plan on bouncing back.”

  1. borgsng - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Go Blackhawks one more win and its all yours

    • madhouseonmadison - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Just curious: Where are all the Boston Bruins homers who were saying that Boston was “clearly” the better team and that the Hawks were done?

      • 8man - Jun 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        I never said such things. Where will you be if the Hawks don’t close this out?

      • madhouseonmadison - Jun 23, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        1) There was a LARGE contingency of Bruin fans on here saying such things.

        2) I’d be right here – to come one win away from winning a Cup is nothing to be ashamed of. Certainly, you want the Cup – but it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

        3) As I stated then – and I am now – usually the more talented team wins. I don’t know how anyone can state the Bruins actually have more talent than the Hawks.

      • betrayedbylife - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:59 AM

        i’ve always reserved celebrating a win for when a game is actually won. some call it humility, i’ve always called it a great use of my time. bruins beat the penguins and they did it with such ferocity that everyone who doubted the b’s had to immediately shut up, that’s all i wanted. bruins and hawks have earned every inch of the cup so either way i’ll be happy i got to watch.

  2. blomfeld - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    NOT THIS TIME GODZILLA !

    As an ardent, loyal and values-driven fan of the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, this news tonight of another glorious Blackhawks’ victory over the heathens from Boston positively makes my day ! … heck, it might even make my week ? :) In all seriousness friends, this just goes to show you that trying to usurp true ‘God-given’ talent and virtue with thuggery and ‘circus freaks’ from former Soviet republics will never work in a million years … yet to think that the Bruins and Bobby Orr were my first heroes as a youngster growing up in Montreal back in the 60’s ? … the irony of it all. Anyway, this weirdo Chara and his band of ‘steroid-fed’ thugs can now go back and chew on the fact that ‘decency’ will always carry the day !

    Executive Summary: Toews 3 – Godzilla 2

    • 8man - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      You are sick. Your psychotherapist must be hard pressed as how to treat you. I have my own ideas, but I’m not licensed.

      • blomfeld - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:50 AM

        “You are sick” ? …

        No friend, I’m actually an ‘ardent and loyal’ supporter of the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings … have been since about 1973. You on the other hand are obviously a ‘misguided & imbecilic’ fan of that ‘radioactive’ bean stalk from Kazakhstan … good luck to you and your doomed enterprise and may God speed … :)

    • stakex - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:36 AM

      You do know that it takes four wins, not three, to win the Cup correct? I have no skin in the game here, but it sounds like you’re spiking the football on the 5 yard line right now.

      • blomfeld - Jun 23, 2013 at 2:13 AM

        *** somewhere out on the great plain ***

        Blomfeld: who is this fool that speaks of footballs and yardages ?

        Ten Bears: he may be one of the ‘sick’ soldiers from the fort ?

        Crazy Dog: well I couldn’t care less who he is ! … let’s kill the mo-effer right now !

        Blomfeld: yes, I believe that this man’s time is over … let us now silence his foolish talk …

      • 8man - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Bongfeld, Bloomberg, whatever…dude you are a flake. How many times were you beaten up after school growing up? Probably less than you deserved. I worry about someone who spends hours and hours locked up spinning ridiculous yarns, unsubstantiated accusations, while harboring hatred for singular individuals whom he’s never met. Then again, you are a LaLa denizen. Home to the absurd, theatrical, shallow and one dimensional amongst us. The great quake is coming.

    • sanfranbruinsfan - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:49 AM

      Probably a waste to ask, but do you really think the kings would have survived very long against the bruins?

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        Yes.

      • blomfeld - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        That’s an excellent question friend and my answer would be no, the Kings would unfortunately ‘not’ have survived against these Bruins. In my honest and humble opinion, there were two ‘serious’ flaws in our battle plan this year which in the end derailed our enterprise:

        1) Too much emphasis on the ‘physical’ game.

        We foolishly took the bait ‘hook, line and sinker’ on this against both the Blues and Sharks and the result was that it left us badly damaged by the time we started round three against the Hawks. Yes I’m all for ‘tough’ play and such provided that it’s always done prudently. Simply skating around hitting everything in sight is a waste of time and a complete squandering of valuable strength and resources. Even worse however, it takes a team’s focus away from the only thing that counts in hockey and that’s scoring goals.

        2) A lack of offensive ‘creativity’ and panache.

        Again this is attributable no doubt to the fact that we Kings allowed ourselves to be sucked into the ‘smash & crash’ idiot game … or trench warfare if you will. Last year we steam-rolled over everything that lay in our path by scoring ‘when’ we needed to and ‘often’. This year however our guns remained silent throughout and not once did we ever send an opponent reeling from an offensive outburst.

        In summary, my hope is for our Kings to now re-focus to a more intelligent, upbeat, creative and dynamic style of play, which heralds ‘maximum’ goal production as the path to victory ! … and knowing Dean Lombardi, that’s exactly what’s going to happen … God willing :)

        Exhibit A) a classic example of ‘creative and dynamic’ play

    • nhstateline - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      The Kings organization and especially their farm team in Manchester are very classy outfits. You should study their behavior and try to act more like them. Can take the body out of Montreal and the Habs but not the soul and the attitudes as you show. Besides, as a fan of a team that was out a round ago, I wouldn’t be saying much about any team that got further than the one you follow did. And I wouldn’t be bragging about being from Montreal just now. How many mayors is it under indictment for public corruption now two or three ? I’ve lost track.

      • blomfeld - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        Person A: hello friend … do you possibly know who the current Stanley Cup champion is ?

        Person B: why sure I do ! … that would be those glorious Kings of Los Angeles !

        *** or in other words … eat ‘S’ you loser ! ***

    • kcbruinsfan - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Dude, you realize that the only two players from former Soviet Republics on the Bruins roster are Daugavins and Khubodin. A goaltender that hasn’t done anything except open the door on the bench and a fourth line player that has played in only 6 games in the post-season. It’s almost as if your posts were produced by a random word generator. At least that might explain the lack of sense.

  3. 8man - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Game 6 in Boston. Bruins reeling…..sky is falling….

    We’ll see.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      They lost by a goal in each of the last two games

      • 8man - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        Yes. My post was laced with sarcasm. Though the Hawks have been the superior team in both games, especially by winning more faceoffs, the Bruins are still in this thing. However, for the Bs to win game 6 and a possible game 7, they will have to find a way to transcend whatever talent gap and limitations they are currently experiencing. I don’t whether Quenville did something or the pedigree of the Hawks has simply emerged, but Chicago has found it’s collective stride…err…skating and is looking very much the Stanley Cup Champion.

  4. itsallniceonice - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Bruins fans have seen Julien lead the Bruins to utter heartbreak, jubilation and everything in between under his stead. Only thing that is certain is that there will be game 7. The Bruins and Julien don’t lose in anything less. Bergeron busting his spleen doesn’t help though.

    • jrhawk - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      “Certain there will be a game seven…”
      Gonna come back and eat crow if you’re wrong?

  5. foleysfish - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    I still think its going 7 games. It will all depend on Bergeron playing in game 6. Hawks can win without Toews if Bergeron is out to. If Bergeron does not play then it might be tuff to force game 7 for the Bruins. If the Hawks are going to win the cup it will be because of there 4th line. Frolik & Kruger have been unbelievable. The whole 3rd period they were the most dangerous line on the Ice. It shows the depth of the Hawks when coach Q can sit Toews the whole 3rd because he knows the 4th line will push the pace and play great defense. I know Toews was hurt but he would have still played if coach Q didn’t have the confidence in that 4th line. Everyone knows Toews is hurt he has been since the game at the end of the season against St Louis. It’s a shoulder or hand something on his right side. He will play next game because hawks were able rest him in the 3rd period. If the game was tied or Bergeron wasn’t hurt he would have played the whole game. This series is still close if everyone comes back from the injuries. Hawks have figured out a system to beating Chara we will see if Julien changes his D pairings to keep up with the speed of the hawks 1st line. A lot of stuff going on going into game 6. This really is great Hockey to watch. Go Hawks

  6. foleysfish - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    Blomfeld please don’t in anyway profess yourself as rooting for the Blackhawks. Not 2 weeks ago you were bashing them and calling them a dirty team. They beat your Kings in 5 games and if they didn’t take a night off for game 3 they would have swept them. I will post this again in response to your rambling incoherent posts- http://youtu.be/fEkWH8DB7b0

  7. titansbro - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Can’t get upset with blomfeld. It’s kinda funny actually. Dude obviously has issues, so best to just not take him serious.

  8. theageofquarrel - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Let Blomfeld enjoy the Queens Stanley Cup victory. It only took over 40 years to get it.That bandwagon is empty now.

  9. doublezero74 - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    I think the hawks have exceeded their quota of double deflected goals, goals off skates, and broken stick deflections for room service hops leading to open nets. So that’s good

    • 14fairways - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      yes, but they are still owed one bouncing off the glass back over the net into the crease

    • dt58 - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      Ya, the only reason that the Hawks are in the SCF is lucky bounces, refs, Bettman, TV ratings, blah, blah, blah. Pretty weak dude. To say that either of these teams (especially the way they are playing each other) are lucky to be here is moronic.

    • madhouseonmadison - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      Ahhh – it’s gone from the Bruins are clearly the better team to now saying they’ve reached their quota of deflected goals etc. How about just simply stating: The Hawks have clearly been the better team in this series, and their speed (a huge advantage) is wearing on the Boston defense?

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 23, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        Speed kills

      • 8man - Jun 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        The Hawks were and are the better team. They won their division and the presidents trophy. They were the heavy favorites coming into this thing. So don’t go out there and attempt to make them the underdogs at any point.

        Now you’ve got a game tomorrow to get through before you can run around Michigan Avenue celebrating. It’s theirs…and I guess…yours to lose. Lets see what happens.

    • jrhawk - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      Oooooo…I think someone lost their soother.

  10. nhstateline - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    The real Bruins team from this year is back after taking the third round off. Great for some of the game and well as for the rest of it….not so much. Poor Pittsburgh, they got the round in which the Bruins put it all together for a long stretch. Even the Rangers got one game where they didn’t. They’ve missed Mark Recchi’s ability to make them focus as a group on the day to day. This team’s been bipolar since he retired. It can go from great to awful and back again within a game. I don’t think this is over by any stretch, I fully expect a good effort monday that leads to a win monday and a game 7 on wednesday in which we’ll see. The funny thing about them being bipolar is that they can put it together for long stretches and are fully capable of winning two games with or without Patrice Bergeron (it wouldn’t be any more ridiculous of an idea than scoring three goals with about half a period left in game 7 of a playoff series, right ?). Regardless of how this comes out, this team needs more consistency than it’s shown in the last two seasons and adding a vet who can lead in the way of making the guys focus on the task at hand in the present would be something to try to find this off season. They have a number of good leaders but don’t seem to have someone who can do that.

    • 8man - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      That about sums it up. Of course they are playing the best team in the league and the Hawks are pretty good at stifling teams. I keep waiting for Jagr to take control at some point. You know one last burst of heroic veteranship. He’s been key and a great contributor, but I’ve felt from the beginning he had to have a game where he carried them for the Bs to pull this off. Maybe game 6. We’ll see.

      Go Bs!

  11. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Of course Chara is tired, as are other players. However, Chara has played more minutes in this year’s playoff than anybody else. His fatigue became apparent in game 2.

    valoisjoeybfeld69 – Jun 16, 2013 at 7:09 PM
    The B’s big Z seems to be running out of energy. During game 2 Chara had trouble moving his legs. All the minutes played in the playoffs are catching up to him, and Krug is giving the puck away too much. I don’t think the B’s d will be able to hold on much longer. This could be a good time to take Krug out of the line up.

    And only one other commenter agreed.

    pedroskybb – Jun 17, 2013 at 12:46 AM
    I will agree that Chara seemed out of sorts last night; slow to the puck, poor decisions, indecisive, etc. I’m thinking he may be hurt. He took a nasty blow to the head during the last seconds of the game 4 scrum against Pitt., right when he makes the arm save, someone (teammate) knees him in the head.

  12. jacketsfan7 - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    They’re not facing lounging though , they’re facing a young and emerging goaltender who’s been great this series , I’m still sticking with the bruins but I’m doubting them here 😓

  13. jacketsfan7 - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    *luongo stupid spellcheck on my iPhone 5 changed it , sorry

  14. capsrockva - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    go hawks go

  15. jacketsfan7 - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    *luongo. Sorry stupid spellcheck on my iPhone changed it

  16. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 23, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    B’s are unfortuneately running on fumes. I commented after game 2 that big Z was tired and the B’s were having trouble hanging on. Series is over. No way the B’s can take 2 in a row without home ice advantage.

    • 8man - Jun 23, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      Never, ever say “No way” when there is still time on the clock. This Bruins team is the latest to teach that lesson.

      But the last two games, they do look as if the Hawks have found a way to slow them and beat them to the punch. Noticable advantage in faceoffs to the Hawks as an indicator. Do the Bruins let Chicago celebrate on their ice or do they send it back to the Windy City for a tense game 7? Stay tuned.

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