Game 6 Preview: Despite Facing a Must Win, Bruins Aren’t Panicking

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Stanley Cup Finals

Game 6: Chicago Blackhawks @ Boston Bruins

Series: Blackhawks lead series 3-2

Game Time: 8:00 PM

Location: TD Garden

TV/Radio: NBC/98.5 The Sports Hub

The Black and Gold find themselves with their backs against the wall after dropping two straight pivotal games to the Chicago Blackhawks. Boston faces elimination Monday night in game 6 of this best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals series.

Lord Stanley’s Cup will be in the building, as it could be presented pending the outcome of the tilt.

The Bruins have not forgotten about the success that they endured in 2011 and hope to draw upon those experiences Monday night.

“We have some experience here,” said Brad Marchand. “We need to realize to win this game we have to leave everything on the ice. That’s what we did last time so hopefully we can do it again.”

In many ways it’s déjà vu for this Bruins club, considering just two years ago they trailed the Vancouver Canucks three-games-to-two. Boston went on to win game 6 that year at the Garden and then went on to capture the Cup in game 7.

“It’s do or die. We’ve been there before and we’ve done well in that situation,” said Claude Julien. “Right now our goal is to create a game 7. And to create a game 7 you got to win a game 6.”

Though if the Bruins have any hopes of avoiding elimination, they will need to slow down the swarming Blackhawk attack. It was an attack that poised numerous issues in game 5. Led by Patrick Kane, Chicago utilized its speed in outdueling the Bruins defense.

If Boston wants to counter Chicago’s top players, they will need to return to their winning ways. A tight checking, relentless, north-south power game must be in order for the Bruins. They have gotten away from such a style of late, faltering in many ways. Boston, without question, will need to bring the intensity for the full sixty minutes of this one.

“We have Game 6 back home in Boston,” said David Krejci. “We have to play like there’s no tomorrow.”

TD Garden has served as a safe haven of sorts, as the Bruins have won all but three home playoff games this spring. The crowd is always intensely passionate and Boston feeds off of the emotion.

“We are going to be confident at home,” added Rich Peverley. “ We’ve played well at home of late.”

The Bruins are 6-1 in playoff games when facing elimination since 2011, with their only loss coming last year against Washington.

Patrice Bergeron is listed as “day-to-day” and will likely be a game time decision. By chance Bergeron cannot skate, someone will need to fill his shoes. Carl Soderberg is a likely candidate to replace Bergeron if need be on Boston’s second line. He had a strong playoff debut in game 5 and is consistent in the face-off circle.

“I like our chances,” rookie forward Carl Soderberg said. “They’re not bad.”

Like the previous five games of this series, game 6 figures to be an all out battle. Things have been rough, gritty, bloody, and downright dirty. It’s going to take a top-notch effort out of each and every Bruin because the Blackhawks are a team that is confident, motivated, and locked in right now. Boston needs to take it one play at a time and methodically wear down Chicago.

“I think the big picture is just win two games,” forward Nathan Horton said. “We concentrate on one at a time.”

Despite being in such an unfavorable position, Boston is not stressing. They are not only confident in their abilities, but history is on their side as well. Since 2001, four of the past six teams to lose Game 5 of the Stanley Cup have bounced back and gone on to be crowned champions.

“There’s no panic,” said Claude Julien. “You’re not going to push us away that easily.”

You better believe the Black and Gold will do everything in their power to spare their hometown faithful a Chicago celebration and extend their magical ride.

Assuming Patrice Bergeron is a go, here’s the Bruins expected lineup:

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Marchand-Bergeron-Jagr

Paille-Kelly-Seguin

Peverley-Soderberg-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk

Ference-Seidenberg

Krug-McQuaid

Rask/Khudobin

Frank O’Laughlin – Senior NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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