Bruins displaying same mental fortitude as Blackhawks

Bruins displaying same mental fortitude as Blackhawks

June 16, 2013, 2:30 pm
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BOSTON – Tyler Seguin ripped off the microphone he was wearing, the one Andrew Shaw had worn in Game 1, during the first intermission of Game 2 on Saturday night. Seguin and the rest of the Bruins weren’t happy, and they needed to have an off-the-record chat.

“It was really a mix of everybody saying something,” Seguin said at the Bruins’ availability on Sunday. “Obviously I think (Chris Kelly) was one of the most vocal guys at the time. But in the end, I think it was a mix of everyone. I definitely knew it was coming, so I threw my shoulder pads in the training room and put a towel over it so no one could hear what we were saying. I think we needed that team wake-up call.”

A pep talk at a critical time: sound familiar? If you’ve followed the Chicago Blackhawks for any amount of time this postseason, it certainly does. The Blackhawks used motivational talks amongst themselves, speeches and group meetings to get refocused during these playoffs, especially in their series against the Detroit Red Wings. So as this Stanley Cup Final approaches Game 3 tomorrow night at TD Garden, know that the Bruins, who share a lot of good traits with the Blackhawks, share one more: resiliency.

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The Bruins did what was necessary to put Game 2’s first period behind them, a period in which they were badly outplayed, save their goaltender Tuukka Rask. It was much like what the Blackhawks have done a few times this postseason, including Game 1 when they came back from a 3-1 deficit to claim a 4-3 overtime victory.

Only the strong survive at this time of year, be it physically or mentally. And the Bruins have been able to tap into that mental strength that has also benefitted the Blackhawks.

“It was different guys saying different things,” Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid said. “We all knew that we weren’t happy with the way things were going and things needed to change. It wasn’t just one voice, but there were a few guys that were maybe a little more vocal than others.”

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Boston had its big uh-oh moment in the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Their Game 7 comeback, from a 4-1 deficit, set them on course to dominate through their next two rounds. The Blackhawks found their same mojo through their Red Wings series, then dispatching the Los Angeles Kings in five games.

The Bruins are feeling good about their situation right now. They’re back at home, where they’ve won seven of nine this postseason, including six in a row. The Blackhawks and Bruins match up well in several categories. Mental fortitude, that ability to get past a bad game, bad goal or bad period, is just one of them.

“There’s always someone talking and letting you know what’s going on,” Bruins defenseman Torey Krug said. “We have a collective group of guys. The leadership’s amazing in the room. It’s never quiet in there.”