Boston Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron has insisted that his side must move on from their disappointment in Game 4 and focus on the rest of the Stanley Cup finals.
The Bruins lost Game 4 to Chicago Blackhawks meaning the best-of-seven series is now tied at 2-2.
But the Bruins missed a host of opportunities to take a 3-1 series lead before the Blackhawks eventually won 6-5 in overtime, and Bergeron feels they must move on from their defeat.
“You can’t look at it (as a missed opportunity), because there’s nothing you can do about it,” Bergeron told the Boston Herald. “So it’s about the next game.”
The series is finely balanced despite the Bruins feeling that they may deserve to be ahead. In Game 1 they were made to rue missed chances as they lost in the third overtime.
A closely fought series comes as no surprise to Bergeron who knows that whoever wins Game 5 in Chicago will have one hand on the Stanley Cup trophy.
“We knew it was going to be a tough series and an even series,” said Bergeron. “That’s what we’re having. We never said it was going to be easy. They’re a great team out there. So are we. So we’ve just got to go (to Chicago) — it’s a best-of-three now — and regroup and be ready for Game 5."
Bergeron scored two important goals in Game 4 as the Bruins looked to take a 3-1 series win. The Bruins were 4-2 down before a Bergeron goal brought it back to 4-3. Early in the third period Bergeron scored again to tie the score at 4-4 as the Bruins looked to snatch victory.
But they couldn't close out victory as the Blackhawks took a 5-4 and then ultimately a 6-5 lead to win Game 4.
The Bergeron insists his side has to improve in some areas ahead of Game 5.
“We’ve got to do a better job of boxing out and also in winning the 1-on-1 battles," he admitted. "We have to do a better job of adding layers and helping out each other. But at the end of the day, we didn’t get the result. We’ve got to make sure we’re better on Saturday.”
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