BOSTON -- Under coach Claude Julien, the Boston Bruins have not lost a playoff series in fewer than seven games.
The Bruins have reached the postseason in all six seasons of Julien’s tenure in Boston, including two Stanley Cup finals appearances. Four of those seasons ended short of the Cup finals, but all were Game 7 losses. Under Julien, the Bruins are 9-4 in games in which they could be eliminated.
What can you glean from that? Claude’s Bruins don’t go down without a fight.
“That’s a good stat to have as a coach,” said Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. “That means your team is responding to whatever he says in the room, and he does say the right things at the right time and gets us going. We don’t expect anything else tonight.”
They face potential elimination in Game 6 against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday at TD Garden. A loss would mean watching the Blackhawks celebrate on Garden ice, while a win would send the series to a winner-take-all Game 7 in Chicago.
The last time the Bruins were in this position (2011), they won Game 6 at home and won Game 7 in Vancouver to win the Stanley Cup.
“[Julien] never throws stuff around, but he gets loud when he needs to and he knows how to handle a team very well,” Seidenberg said. “He’ll do the right thing.”
Julien’s message for Game 6 is simple: Have fun.
“You’ve got to go out there and play, and what you’ve got to do is be excited about this opportunity,” Julien said. “I don’t want to get into all of this, but I always say the same thing: There are 28 teams right now that wish they were in our position. Always take the positives out of everything. Just because we’re down 3-2, we haven’t lost the Cup yet. We still have a chance to win it. It’s about focusing on going out there and doing it and having fun doing it.”
After the Bruins' morning skate, the players seemed relaxed, comfortable and jovial in the locker room. Having experience in this situation helps.
“It’s either a win tonight or we go home,” Seidenberg said. “We’re real excited to play tonight, and it’s our last chance and everybody wants to get to a Game 7.”