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B's on Game 4 loss: Not end of the world

5/22/2011

BOSTON -- One preacher who gained national notoriety predicted the beginning of the end of the world would fall on May 21. But on the morning after, the sky hadn’t come crashing down. No terrible earthquake had split the planet in two.

The Bruins’ latest 3-0 collapse might have had fans feeling as though the end was indeed nigh, but following the team’s Sunday morning workout at TD Garden, the team wasn’t about to buy into prognostications of doom.

Instead, the message throughout the ranks was that Saturday’s 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals was just another false alarm of tribulation to come.

“We’re fine,” coach Claude Julien said. “This is what hockey’s all about. It’s a tight series and we understand that we didn’t do a very good job in the second period.”

The Bruins went about the process of putting the loss behind them with an off-ice workout Sunday at the Garden. Less than 24 hours after watching the Lightning storm back from a 3-0 second-period deficit to even the series at two games apiece, Julien’s squad was accentuating the positives taken from its Florida trip.

“We went down there and we did the job we had to do; we kept home ice,” winger Mark Recchi said. “You take a loss like yesterday and you can’t worry about it.”

The Lightning scorched the Bruins for three goals on four shots in less than four minutes of the second period before taking the lead in the third. But goaltender Tim Thomas already had put the loss in the rearview mirror when he spoke with reporters after the game and said the Bruins would go on to win the series.

“Obviously, being the goaltender, he has a lot of control over what happens,” Milan Lucic replied when asked about Thomas’ statement. “As a player and as a teammate, you want to do whatever you can to prove him right.”

That proof will be found Monday night at the Garden if the Bruins are able to jump back into the series lead. And, if Saturday’s lesson is applied, there will be a better chance that one game’s meltdown will not lead to a series letdown.

After all, the Bruins are all too familiar with 3-0 collapses. This is the chance to make sure there’s no redux to last year’s “Apocalypse Now.”

“That’s all we’re thinking about right now,” Julien said. “You make corrections, you make adjustments, you do what you have to do. But when you’re this far into the playoffs, you certainly don’t let the mental part of the game get to you.”