“Last year, we had to win a couple in a row and we were going back and forth with wins and losses. We’ve been in this situation for a long time the past couple of years. I am not worried about that. I just want to make sure we correct the things we need to correct, and I think we’ll be OK.”
The Bruins are also well aware they still have plenty of work to do to reach the Eastern Conference finals for the second time in three seasons.
Boston led Toronto 3-1 in the first round before being forced to Game 7. The Bruins then staged a three-goal comeback in the third period of the decisive game to get to overtime. Patrice Bergeron scored the tying and winning goals to help the Bruins survive and advance.
The last thing they want to do now is give the Rangers a chance to seize momentum.
“It’s about realizing the series is not over until you win that fourth game. We know that,” Bergeron said. “We know (Tuesday) is going to be a huge game. They’re going to try to bounce back, and we’re expecting them to come out really hard. We need to make sure we match that.
“It’s going to be in their building so we’re expecting them to come out with a lot of energy and feed off the crowd.”
The Rangers are banking on the same thing. New York won three games at home against Washington, and figures to need three more against Boston to get out of this round.
Star forward Rick Nash netted his long-awaited first postseason goal with the Rangers on Sunday. If that gets him going on a roll, New York’s outlook will appear that much brighter.