B's rested and ready to take on Penguins
PITTSBURGH (WHDH)-- Coach Claude Julian has taken the Bruins to the playoffs in each of his six seasons as head coach and now has the B’s within striking distance of the cup finals for the second time in the last three years.
“You're proud to be part of that last four, but more importantly it's almost like we're not done here,” said head coach, Julian.
In fact, we're just halfway. And the rest of the way is all uphill.
“It's one of those things, keep fighting, keep battling, keep believing. You know, to get here and to keep pushing. So we have to -- we need to keep fighting that hunger I guess to, you know, keep going forward,” said Bruins center, Patrice Bergeron.
The Bruins know it'll take their best effort to continue forward in the post-season. After all Pittsburgh is the top-seed for a reason and the B's have been hearing about it all week.
“It’s just part of the game. But at the same time you have to go out there and believe in your team and your abilities and that you can do the job. We do respect them and we know it will be a good challenge. But we've got to embrace it and have fun with it,” Bergeron said.
So the Penguins may be the favorites and the B's the underdogs but neither team really buying into the oddsmaker theories.
“I don't feel like that. I mean, it's a game at the end of the day. And we're both here to win. So I don't think about that. I don't even, you know, worry about that,” said defenseman, Matt Bartkowski.
“Right from day one when we played the Islanders, the favorites go out the window. And its two teams battling to move onto the next round, and that's how we're going to look at it,” said Penguins forward, James Neil.