Bruins captain Zdeno Chara isn't confounded by the home-road dynamic of the Stanley Cup finals. The Bruins returned to the Garden yesterday trailing the Canucks, 3-2, after Friday night's Game 5 loss in Vancouver. In three games played in Vancouver, the B's were shut out twice 1-0 (Games 1 and 5) and lost a 3-2 decision in overtime (Game 2). In Games 3 and 4 at the Garden, the Bruins outscored the Canucks by a combined 12-1. "Obviously we played a lot more on the edge in Games 3 and 4 and we have to bring the same approach in Game 6," Chara said. "We are only looking at Game 6, that is the most important game for us." The captain hopes the home-scoring touch returns to the fore when the B's host the Canucks in their third elimination game of the playoffs tomorrow night at the Garden. The Bruins previous elimination matches were Game 7s against the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning on home ice. "Every game is different but we have to approach it, obviously, like it is do or die for us," Chara said. "I think this is the most important game for us this season and in the playoffs and we have to give all we have. We have to do everything we can to win and understand that every little thing we do can make a difference. We have to work extremely hard on every shift." In four of the five games, the Canucks' explosive first line of Henrik and Daniel Sedin and Alex Burrows has been a nonfactor. In Vancouver's overtime win, Burrows had two goals and an assist while Daniel Sedin potted his only tally of the series. The Sedin line is also featured prominently on a vaunted power-play unit that is just 1-for-25 against the B's.
Edge goes to Zdeno Chara in solving problems
Boston Herald | Jun 12