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Ian Clark's On Hockey: Bruins have been there before
"You were in this position two years ago against Vancouver. How does that help you now?"
The Bruins will host the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at 8 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Just as it did two years ago in the final series, Boston faces a must-win at home.
But the biggest difference is the opposition. Two years ago, the Canucks were a team that led the series 2-0 before dropping four of the next five games amid goaltending issues and lack of scoring from its top players.
"You play for the guy next to you in your room. You don't want to let them down," Horton said. "When your backs are against the wall, that's the time to step it up and everybody knows that our backs are against the wall in the room and that's what we do for each other. We compete and we want to play and we want to win for each other."
Chances were hard to come by, but the bright spot for the Bruins was the third period turnaround. Once defenseman Zdeno Chara's slap shot bomb beat Crawford high-glove at 3:40, Boston seemed to wake up offensively.
"Obviously, you don't want to be on for any goals. You want to be a plus player in the game and we weren't," Horton said. "We know if we are going to have any chance to win we definitely have to be in the plus side."
But the only questions that matters are, do the Bruins have enough left in the tank and how much will playing at home fuel them?
Ian Clark covers pro hockey for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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