Bruins return home, focused on Game 3
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The Boston Bruins returned home Tuesday as they continue their quest for the Stanley Cup.
The Bruins plane touched down at Hanscom Air Force Base around 11 a.m. Tuesday after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-1 in Game 2 the night before.
“Little surprised at the outcome, I thought the scores would be a little bit closer the last couple of games. We’ll take it. It’s behind us now, now we’ll start focusing on [Wednesday’s] game,” said Bruins forward Shawn Thornton.
“Anytime you can come back from a road trip like that having won both games. It’s encouraging, but our team is really playing good hockey right now -- without a doubt the best we have this year, and that has to continue,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien.
On their way to their 6-1 win, the Bruins chased Penguins netminder Tomas Vokoun, kept Sidney Crosby off the score sheet and gave themselves a 2-0 series lead. Now the tough part -- keeping the hammer down.
“We haven’t lost faith in what we can do, but we also haven’t lost track of what they can do, as well. They’re a potent scoring team and we gotta make sure we stay on top of our game. It’s as simple as that,” said Julien.
In the current playoff format no team has come back from a 0-2 deficit in the conference finals, but the Bruins aren’t banking on history repeating itself again.
“It’s a big difference going up 3-0 or it is 2-1, so it’s a desperation game on their part and on our part, too, and we wanna try to be our best in this game,” said Bruins forward Rich Peverley.
The Bruins have no intention of letting up as the series shifts to Boston for the next two games. The Bruins know Pittsburgh is still far more dangerous than the teams they faced in the first two rounds of the playoffs.