Instead, they’re down in this series after winning five in a row and nine of 10.
It’s not exactly foreign territory for the Bruins, though. They blew a 3-1 series lead to Toronto in the opening round and were trailing by three in the seventh game. Yet, somehow, they managed to pull that one out and roll past the New York Rangers in five games, then sweep Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
When they won the championship in 2011, it wasn’t an easy ride, either.
Boston started with back-to-back losses to Montreal in Round 1 that year and fell behind Vancouver 2-0 in the Stanley Cup finals before rallying to win in seven games.
Dropping Game 1 to Chicago?
“You get on with it, turn the page,” Andrew Ference said. “Whether it’s a goal, whether it’s a game or whether it’s a play, tough luck. That’s the game. What are you going to do? You’re going to make a lot of great plays and a lot of lucky bounces are going to happen for you as well. Everybody has played enough hockey on this team and for the guys that haven’t, they’re surrounded by guys that can let them know that as well.”
One unfortunate bounce for the Bruins came on Johnny Oduya’s tying goal for Chicago with 7:46 left in regulation. His long shot would have gone wide had it not hit Ference’s left skate, but it went into the net instead to knot the game at 3-all.
Earlier in the period, it was Shaw picking off a clearing attempt by Krug and feeding Bolland on a two-on-one rush to pull Chicago within one.
It didn’t help, either, that Horton left the ice in the first OT after getting with Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson. Part of Boston’s top line, he’s been a big contributor in the playoffs with seven goals and 11 assists to go with a plus-22 and is day to day.