Bruins look to Recchi for inspiration

CHRIS STEVENSON QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:57 PM ET

MONTREAL -- If the Boston Bruins are peeking out of their 0-2 hole for inspiration, they don't have to look any farther than teammate Mark Recchi.

The 43-year-old veteran faced this same situation with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. The 'Canes dropped the first two games on home ice against the Montreal Canadiens then went on to win four straight to take the series en route to winning the Stanley Cup.

"There's a lot to say, but that's going to be between me and my teammates," said Recchi. "There's a lot to be said ... we'll be ready for Monday. This team doesn't quit in here."

In fact, winning the first two games on the road hasn't been kind to the Habs. Before getting up 2-0 coming home against the 'Canes, the previous time they had won the first two games of a series on the road was against the New York Rangers in 1996. That turned out the same way: the Canadiens lost the next four games.

The Bruins know they've got a ways to go to fix their game and put some heat on the Habs, who have been taking advantage of Boston turnovers and some rebounds by goaltender Tim Thomas.

"Give them credit for playing well," said B's forward Milan Lucic Sunday. "But it seems like we're frustrated with the mistakes we're making. They're uncharacteristic mistakes. We need to calm down and relax ... it's almost like we're shooting ourselves in the foot. That's the most upsetting part."

The status of Bruins captain and blueline leader Zdeno Chara remains up in the air, along with his lunch, apparently. He missed Game 2 because of dehydration, with rumours he and a number of other Bruins are suffering from flu-like symptoms. He made the trip here, but his status for Game 3 won't be clear until Monday.

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BY THE NUMBERS

Canadiens vs. Bruins

Next Game: Monday, Bell Centre, 7:30 p.m.

Canadiens lead Eastern Conference quarterfinal 2-0

0-26: The Bruins' record when they are 0-2 in a best-of-seven series, with 15 of those 26 series ending in four games.

48-4: The Canadiens record when lead a best-of-seven series 2-0. They have gone on to sweep 21 of those 52 series.

1: The number of goals the Bruins have scored in the first two games of this series. The last time the Bruins were held to two goals or less in the first two games of a series was in the opening round in 1995, when the New Jersey Devils shut them out 5-0 and 3-0.

94:12: The playoff shutout streak for Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, which ended when Boston's Patrice Bergeron scored at 7:38 of the second period of Game 2. That was the first playoff goal Price has allowed since Claude Giroux scored for the Philadelphia Flyers at 13:26 of the third period in Game 1 of the conference final last spring. Price was relieving Jaroslav Halak.

100: The number of NHL playoff games played by Montreal defenceman Hal Gill.


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