May 6, 2011

Bruins going for 'the kill' in Game 4

by Jesse Connolly

Bruins winger Brad Marchand. (Getty)

BOSTON -- With hammers in hand, ready to put the final nail in the Flyers coffin, the Bruins are eager to get Game 4 underway at TD Garden.

There will be no let-up from the Black and Gold, despite holding a comfortable 3-0 lead, as the Bruins have zero intention of giving the Flyers any semblance of hope that they can still win this series.

"I think we have to play the same way," winger Nathan Horton said. "They're a great team. We have to play desperate still. You don't want to let them back in and give them any life. You want to finish it off as quick as possible. We have to play our best, that's for sure. They're a great team and they're not just going to give it to us."

Going into Game 3, Boston knew the precise predicament the Flyers found themselves in. The Bruins turned the tide in their previous series in the third tilt with a win in Montreal, as they went on to erase an 0-2 hole of their own and take the Canadiens down in seven games.

"That was an important game for us," coach Claude Julien said of his team's victory in Game 3 on Wednesday night. "We remember being in a Game 3 situation against Montreal; we know how we felt. We went into Montreal, (the Flyers) probably felt the same way so at least we were ready for that. I thought we reacted well."

The Bruins expect the very best out of Philadelphia on Friday night, but then again, that's they've been fully prepared for that in every game so far this series, shy of a slight dip in play in the latter half of Game 2.

"We expected to see their best game (Wednesday)," said Julien. "And it didn’t quite happen because we were ready for it. We have to have that some approach obviously (on Friday). I think our team has been pretty consistent and been pretty good. And we made some adjustments (for Game 3) that helped us out and hopefully that continues to show."

Winger Brad Marchand, who has five points through the first three games of the series, knows giving the Flyers life and the chance to make it 3-2 with a win back home in Game 5 would be ill-advised.

"You want to go all in and you want to go for the kill," Marchand said. "They're vulnerable right now and we have to make sure we kick them when they're down. If you give them any bit of hope, that's a really dangerous thing in the playoffs. If they take a game, they could go back to Philly and steal another one.

We have to do whatever we can to win. We don't want them to have any hope, so we have to make sure we're ready."

Julien is looking forward to seeing that drive to immediately vanquish the Flyers from the 2011 postseason from all of his troops.

"It’s a big game for us," the coach said. "We have to be ready to react accordingly and you don’t want to change your game. I don’t think whether the killer instinct you’re talking about is going crazy and all out, I don’t think that’s the approach, but you certainly have to have that killer instinct of wanting to end it as soon as you can."