The Boston Bruins have trailed the Vancouver Canucks for just 18.5 second in the third period of the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. And yet, after those two games, they find themselves in a hole, down two games to none.
But despite Tyler Seguin playing alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand in this morning's team skate, the Bruins insist that big changes aren't coming.
"I think if you try to re-invent the wheel at this point, you're just defeating yourself," said Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference.
As the series returns to Boston, the Bruins are optimistic that they can draw on past experience in these playoffs. In the conference quarterfinals, Boston spotted Montreal a two game lead before heading on the road and winning games three and four. This time around, their task is a little bit easier.
"We definitely played good games (in Vancouver)," said winger Daniel Paille, "but we need to play great games (at home).
Some of the Bruins have hinted that Shawn Thornton will be making a return to the lineup, meaning that either Seguin or Paille are likely to be the odd men out. Thornton's presence would allow the Bruins to be a bit more physical in an attempt to create space for their shooters, but it's highly unlikely that anybody - especially Maxim Lapierre or Alexandre Burrows - is going to be willing to drop the gloves with the Bruins' enforcer.
Whatever the lineup looks like, the Bruins are going to need to play at a higher level to have any chance at success against a stronger, faster Vancouver team. They're confident that they can do it, but as Tim Thomas said yesterday, now is the time to stop talking about it and start doing it.
"Obviously, it's a tough position right now,' said Paille. "But we realize that we can come back. It's nice to be at home to have the opportunity to cut it in half."