Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Bruins look to stay even-keeled in Game 6
By James Murphy
Montreal -- The Bruins continued to have a business-like approach at their morning skate Tuesday. It's an approach that has gotten them on the brink of reaching the second round for the third straight season if they can close out their series with Montreal tonight at the Bell Centre. The Habs are almost certainly going to come out and throw everything at the Bruins early in the game. But the Bruins need to stay within their gameplan and not let the Habs' desperation change their approach.
“It’s about us worrying about ourselves,” defenseman Adam McQuaid said. “We obviously know they’re going to come out and play hard. They’ve played hard all series and every game has been close so we can’t worry about them but just make sure we’re ready to go ourselves.”
Gregory Campbell concurred and said the Bruins can’t fall into the trap of letting the Habs dictate the play.
“Absolutely I think there is a tendency of that, I think you see it all the time,” Campbell said. “Teams look like they’re out of the series in an elimination game and next thing you know the series is tied. Its just human nature to relax but successful teams, teams that have won, have always been able to play their best games in that situation. That’s what we’re looking for tonight from our team, is to be at our best and we’re going to have to be at our best. It’s not going to be easy but we’re taking the same approach we have in the last three games and it’s one game at a time and that’s what we’re focused on right now.”
As Campbell pointed out, the Bruins would best be served treating this game as if it was Game 7.
“We have to treat this like it is Game 7 to avoid a Game 7,” Campbell said. “We need to play with desperation and execute. It’s going to be tough. They’re playing for their playoff lives and they’re going to be at their best obviously. It’s not an easy building to play in and the first two games were really close. Playing here is not easy but we’ll have to find a way again. “
Another key will be to silence the Bell Centre crowd as much as possible and take them out of the game. But as McQuaid pointed out that’s a tough task, because even when the Canadiens are losing, the 21,173 raucous Habs fans still play a role.
“I don’t know if we’ve taken the crowd out. I wouldn’t like to see them when they’re in it then, it’s been pretty loud even still,” McQuaid said with a laugh. “I think they’re pretty loyal fans but like I said, hopefully we come up with the same effort we had before. It’s definitely very loud. You can get caught up in it if you don’t just focus on yourself and your game plan. There’s a lot of extra things going on that you can’t worry about and put in the back of your mind. It’s a great atmosphere here.”