When the puck drops on Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final the Boston Bruins will be on the brink of elimination after a 2-1 loss in Game 5 to the St. Louis Blues. The Stanley Cup will be in the house for only the Blues to take home, as the Bruins will once again need to step up in a big way to have their season continue for at least one more game. The Bruins have proven already in this post-season they can come back once down in a series.
In the first round against their rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins had to go into Toronto for a Game 6, down 3-2 in the series and played an outstanding game start to finish. In round two against Columbus, down 2-1 in the series heading into Game 4, the Bruins once again rose to the occasion as they not only even the series but won the next to two games to eliminate the Blue Jackets in six games. That belief and confidence in their abilities to step up in the biggest of moments will help the Bruins as they try to force a Game 7 Wednesday night back in Boston.
“I think that confidence is definitely there,” Brandon Carlo told reporters after practice on Saturday. “We’ve had guys who have been in this exact situation before, but even earlier in the playoffs this year being down 3-2. We know what feeling is like.”
The Bruins can lean on their past experiences to help them against the Blues in Game 6. The Bruins have a veteran leadership group that knows how to keep everyone calm and at ease in these pressure situations. That is what has made the Bruins so good all season long. The Bruins have not gotten too high or too low, the players heads remained steady as a rock.
“We have to stay composed, not get too high or too low in either of the games there,” Carlo told the media. “Just go out there and do the things we can and the smart hockey we know we can play. We are focused on the next game and working hard to make things happen in regards to winning.”
The Bruins will need to leave it all out on the ice as right now there is no tomorrow if they lose. The Bruins will need to come with their best game in these playoffs. Don’t over analyze too much heading into an elimination game. Clean up the areas that need to be cleaned up and the rest will fall into the place. The Bruins have played well against the Blues in this series, just a couple of defensive lapses have cost them games. Head Coach Bruce Cassidy emphasized that point well in his press conference during Saturday’s practice.
“Again we’ve been in it, Cassidy told reporters. “I think it about playing the right way. Getting ready for your next shift. If you over think it, I think you get in trouble. If you start pressing try to score to get a lead by sacrificing certain things in the first shift. Just got to play the right way. Our team’s good at that. That’s when we are at our best. Obviously there has to be a little more desperation in certain instances. We are a good team for a reason. That’s got to be our mindset tomorrow.”
No team ever wants to be in the position of staring down elimination right in the face, but the Bruins trust their abilities on the ice to get the job done. The Bruins will have to bring their best game of the playoffs Sunday night in St. Louis to ensure there is at least one more game this post-season.