The Carolina Hurricanes had a convincing 2-0 lead in Game 4, hoping to tie the series against the Boston Bruins at two games apiece. However, four goals by the Bruins in seven minutes of the last period of regulation play proved otherwise. Thus, the Canes found themselves down in a 3-1 series hole.
“We need to start fresh,” said Brind’Amour Tuesday afternoon after practice. “We’re the team with their backs against the wall. We have nothing to lose at this point, so we want to make sure we’re going down giving it everything we have if that’s what ends up happening, but certainly I want to see us play a 60-minute game.”
However, the mentality of Tuesday’s practice was geared to turning the page.
“Try to really just ooze a little joy and have some fun,” said Brind’Amour. “It’s been a tough day and it was a tough night. That day’s long gone now and we need to remember this is a game and you got to have some fun.”
Hurricanes Know Bruins Are Gaining Momentum
Despite losing Tuukka Rask, who decided to opt out of the Stanley Cup Finals bubble, and not having their top goal scorer in David Pastrnak in the lineup, the Bruins have found a way to come out on top.
Brind’Amour and his team are not worried about the momentum gained from Boston, and that every day is a new day.
“Get together and not focus too much on the past, said Brind’Amour. “Just get all the negativity out of there. Tomorrow you got to go win a game. That’s the focus.”
To take it one game at a time appears to be the mentality of the Hurricanes going into Game 5. Carolina knows they can not win the series in one game. They will need to swing the momentum to force a Game 6.
“We can’t win three games tomorrow,” said Brind’Amour “You got to win one and see what happens from there. I thought the guys picked up their chins off the ground, worked hard and now we’re ready to go for tomorrow.”