June 6, 2011

Ference: Bruins have to do what got them here

by Jesse Connolly

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference. (Getty)

BOSTON -- According to Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, there's no secret formula his team plans on utilizing to win a game against the Canucks.

Trailing two games to none in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Black and Gold don't need to complete reinvent themselves, but there are certain areas of their game that need a little tweaking.

"Score more and allow less," Ference said when asked what the team has to do differently. "These are close games. There's no critical overhauls needed or big, change your strategies, flip flop them or anything like that. You just got to do what you do well, do what got you here and get that big goal when you need it. That’s been the difference."

Boston has struggled in the third period in each of the first contests of this series, losing their skating legs while their playmaking abilities come to a crashing halt.

"Well I mean you just got to stick with your game," Ference said, "Lead or no lead, you just got to obviously try to remain consistent. I don’t know, you can’t complicate it. There’s no secret formula or anything like that. It’s just a matter of shift after shift just being consistent and playing the same way you would no matter what the score is."

With tonight's tilt set to take place at TD Garden, the Bruins hope a few trends from this postseason continue.

First and foremost, Boston is 3-0 in Game 3s in the playoffs, having been victorious against the Canadiens, Flyers and Lightning.

"Game three is such a big game," winger Brad Marchand said. "Especially today, going up three nothing or being down two-one, it’s such a big difference. So obviously it’s the do or die factor for us tonight and we just have to make sure we’re prepared for it. Maybe the past, we can look at that and build off it. But for the most part we just have to make sure we’re focused."

The B's are also quite familiar with being down by two games to an opponent, as they won Games 3 and 4 against Montreal after spotting them a 2-0 lead in the series. Boston hopes to replicate that feat in the Finals.

"Obviously you want to look back at lessons that you’ve learned throughout the seasons, throughout the playoffs and look back on experiences that you’ve had," center Chris Kelly said. "And I think it’s good that we have experienced this situation before. We’re used to it. It’s nothing new. Obviously it’s not a situation we want to be in, but we are. We know we have to come out and play well. "

If the B's can grab a victory in Game 3, avoiding putting themselves in an inescapable 0-3 hole, it'll be a brand new ballgame.

"If we win tonight, it’s a whole different series," Michael Ryder said. "We’re right back in it. Right now, we’ve just got to take it one game at a time. Can’t look too far ahead and we’ve just got to look at tonight. If we win it’s only two to one now."