Bruins Notebook

It’ll be a heavy weight battle

Odds decidedly not in team’s favor down 0-2

Workers decorate the area near the TD Garden media workroom yesterday in preparation for tonight’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Workers decorate the area near the TD Garden media workroom yesterday in preparation for tonight’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
By John Powers
Globe Staff / June 6, 2011

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History says that the odds are heavily against the Bruins coming out of an 0-2 hole to win the Stanley Cup.

Only four teams — the 1942 Maple Leafs, the 1966 and 1971 Canadiens, and 2009 Penguins — ever have done it after losing the first two games.

In its previous four appearances in the Final, Boston went down 0-2 each time — to Edmonton in 1988 and 1990 and to Montreal in 1977 and 1978. And each time the Spoked-Bs were expunged.

Their best revival came against the Canadiens in ’78 when they evened the series before dropping the final two contests.

Their record in series home openers this season is not auspicious. Boston lost to Montreal, 2-0, and 5-2 to Tampa Bay.

Still, the Bruins are hoping that their recent Garden success (7-1 in their last eight) will help them get back in the series.

Milan Lucic is asking the fans coming tonight and Wednesday to do their part. “We definitely need it,’’ Looch said. “We need to feed off their energy, we need to feed off their emotion. In both Game 7s that we’ve had here, we’ve been able to do that, so hopefully we can do that tomorrow night.’’

Travel planned The Bruins could have arrived home from Vancouver earlier had they gone the red-eye route after Saturday’s game, but they opted to leave yesterday morning in order to keep from bollixing their body clocks. “Our travel today was planned accordingly,’’ said coach Claude Julien. “We wanted to get back on Eastern time as quickly as we could. But our players seem to feel pretty good right now. They said that they really didn’t feel it. We’ll see tomorrow morning when they show up at the rink and maybe we’ll ask them again if they’re still feeling the same way. No matter what, we’re going to have to battle through it. There’s no way around it.’’

Reunited Late in Game 2 Julien reunited Rich Peverley with Chris Kelly and Michael Ryder on the third line, with Tyler Seguin logging only eight-plus minutes of ice time. Though the trio didn’t score, the coach liked what he saw. “They had some success earlier on in the playoffs,’’ he said. “I thought they seemed to be a pretty good line. That was encouraging for us. It’s about mixing and matching. I’m going to have a better opportunity here in these next two games of having more of my say. We had to change on the fly sometimes. That’s what you’ve got to do on the road. You’ve got to try to get the matchups you want. At home it’s a lot easier.’’ Peverley, who has two goals and six assists in 20 playoff games this year, welcomed the opportunity to rejoin Kelly and Ryder. He started the game with Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell. “If I end up playing with them, hopefully we can make a difference; we have done it with other series,’’ Peverley said. “But at the same time, Tyler, he made a difference in the Tampa Bay series. So I’m happy wherever I’m playing and whatever which way it goes, I just want to be able to contribute.’’

Michael Whitmer of the Globe staff contributed to this report.

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