Shadow Of A Doubt?
Keep calm and carry on
The Bruins are not in panic mode, down 2-1 to the Canadiens, nor should they be.
The Bruins are perennial Stanley Cup contenders because they not only are talented but also have the experience and maturity to overcome adversity in the postseason.
Most of this group won the Cup in 2011 and reached the finals last spring before losing to the Chicago Blackhawks.
The confident Canadiens have been the better team through the first three games of this second-round series, but that doesn't mean they'll win the series. The Bruins are still the better team; they just haven't showed it.
Tuukka Rask needs to be better in net. Boston's top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla needs to produce more. It also would be in the Bruins' best interest to rediscover their "hate" and use it. Good things have happened when they've played with a chip on their shoulder.
We figured the Canadiens would be the toughest matchup in the Eastern Conference for the Bruins, and that's proving true so far. As Bruins veteran forward Shawn Thornton said, they were planning on a seven-game series anyway, so why would they panic after just three games?
This has all the makings of a seven-game series, but the Bruins need to show us something in Thursday's Game 4 before we look too far ahead.
Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.
Never question Bruins' resolve
Are the Boston Bruins in trouble? Well, that's a fair question. Because they are down 2-1 in their second-round series against Montreal, the issue of the Bruins' woes (real or imagined) is certainly a hot topic in two of the best hockey towns on the planet.
We suppose we would admit the Bruins are in trouble if we hadn't seen them refuse to take a knee last spring when they were down 4-1 midway through the third period of Game 7 against Toronto in the first round. And if we hadn't seen them give up the first two games of a first-round series in 2011 to Montreal -- in Boston, no less -- then win that series in Game 7 -- in overtime, no less. And if we hadn't seen the Bruins counted out in the 2011 finals against Vancouver not once, but twice, as they trailed 2-0 and 3-2 in that series before winning their first Stanley Cup since Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito et al brought home the big, silver chalice back in 1972.
But we've seen all that, and we're pretty sure the word "trouble" isn't in the team's vocabulary. Nope, this team is too well-coached, is too deep and has too many character guys populating its lineup to be bothered by a small inconvenience such as a 2-1 series deficit.
Even if it is against the hated Habs.
Scott Burnside covers the NHL for ESPN.com.