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Friday, April 23, 2010
Bruins ready for Game 5

By Joe McDonald

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien wants to make one thing perfectly clear before the puck drops for Game 5 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Buffalo Sabres.

“If anybody thinks we’re taking this lightly, and we think it’s a done series, they’re wrong,” said Julien. “It’s only going to get tougher from here on in and it starts tonight.”

The Bruins have a 3-1 lead and are one victory away from advancing in the Stanley Cup playoffs. After Boston finished its game-day skate Friday morning at HSBC Arena, Julien and his players seemed calm, but not content.

The last thing they want is to allow the Sabres any kind of chance to get back into this series.

“You’re not going to catch us off-guard, if that’s what people think,” added the coach. “We understand, we’ve been there and we certainly respect the fact that the series is never over until the fourth game is won.”

The one thing the Bruins would like to do differently tonight is play with the lead. In the first four games of this series, Boston has had the lead less than 20 minutes combined.

“One thing we haven’t managed to do in this series is score the first goal," said Julien. "Having said that, we’ve stuck with our game plan and it’s paid off.”