Same old for bounce-back Bruins

Bruins head coach Claude Julien speaks with the media after practice in Vancouver, B.C., June 2,...

Bruins head coach Claude Julien speaks with the media after practice in Vancouver, B.C., June 2, 2011. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:44 PM ET

VANCOUVER - The Boston Bruins have been here before.

In two of the three playoff series they have been in this spring, they have lost the opening game.

In fact, they were down 0-2 in their opening-round series against the Montreal Canadiens and came back to win in overtime in Game 7. They swept the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round, but lost the opening game of the Eastern Conference final to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Now they are down 1-0 to the Vancouver Canucks after dropping Game 1 Wednesday night.

"We've been through this before. It's not a situation we want to be in, but we're in it," said Bruins forward Chris Kelly. "We know we can play better in Game 2. There's areas of the game we can be better, but give them credit. They played well."

One of the things the Bruins have been capable of doing this spring is bouncing back. Since dropping their first two games of the playoffs against Montreal, they have not lost two in a row.

"I would say that our team is and will play better. It's capable of playing better and definitely will play better next game," said Bruins coach Claude Julien after an optional skate Thursday at the University of British Columbia.

"That's a thing that we believe in. We also understand we have to play better if we intend on winning some games here."

The Bruins power play remains dreadful with a 5-for-67 mark in the post-season after going 0-for-6 in Game 1.

But the Bruins said they were encouraged with the way they moved the puck against the Canucks.

"There were some scrambles that could have gone in," said defenceman Tomas Kaberle. "They were 50-50. We've got to do a better job of putting those in."

Julien is doing a good job of taking the negative focus off his power play and changing the slant on its potential impact on the series.

"I think our power play was very good (Wednesday) in moving the puck and creating some chances, and was dead even with Vancouver's in my mind," he said. "We had more scoring chances than Vancouver did on the power play. If we're going to criticize ours, we should criticize theirs at this stage of the playoffs.

"Right now, the way I've looked at it is that power plays on both teams start from scratch in this series and we'll gauge on how teams do in the special teams department. Right now we're dead even."

The Canucks were also 0-for-6 with the man advantage in Game 1.

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