Good things come in 3s for Bruins

Brad Marchand (left) of the Bruins hits Kevin Bieksa of the Canucks during Game 2 action of the...

Brad Marchand (left) of the Bruins hits Kevin Bieksa of the Canucks during Game 2 action of the Stanley Cup final on Saturday. (QMI Agency/Eric Bolte)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:04 PM ET

BOSTON -- The scene has shifted east for Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup final and the Boston Bruins are hoping a boost from the crowd at TD Garden will help their fortunes against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Bruins trailed the Canucks 2-0 in the best-of-seven series entering Game 3 Monday night and while this city and its hockey fans are steadfastly behind them the odds are not.

The overall record of teams winning the first two games of the Stanley Cup final is 32-2 (.941). The only two teams to win the Stanley Cup after losing the first two games of the final are the 1971 Montreal Canadiens, who came back to beat the Chicago Blackhawks, and the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins, who turned the trick against the Detroit Red Wings.

Game 3 is always a pivotal game in a series -- seems simplistic to say, but it's going to be either 3-0 or 2-1 in any series -- and the Bruins are where they are because they have won all Game 3s they have played this post-season.

They beat the Montreal Canadiens in the first round on the road to avoid going down 3-0, beat the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round to take a 3-0 lead at home, and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road in the Eastern Conference final to break a 1-1 tie and take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Three different Game 3s. Three different circumstances.

"I always say that the past is the past and you can look at good things you've done in the past and you can look at bad things you've done in the past," Bruins forward Chris Kelly said. "But each series is a new series and, yeah, we've done well in Game 3s, but this is a new challenge, a new task. And we have to come out and play our best game in order to win (Monday night)."

The energy in the building should help.

"Well, it's obviously nice to be in front of your own fans, but I think the stats, especially over the last couple of years, show games are up for grabs," Bruins defenceman Andrew Ference said. "It doesn't matter what building they're in or whatnot. Obviously they did a good job in their two games at home, we have got to do the same. You have to prepare for it the exact same way like you would any other game."

The Canucks have their lead thanks in large part to some strong play in the third period of the first two games. In Game 1, they upped the pace and it paid off with Raffi Torres' winner with 19 seconds left in regulation time.

In Game 2, they got the tying goal in the third and won it 11 seconds into overtime on a goal by Alex Burrows.

"You've just got to stick with your game," Ference said. "Lead or no lead, you've just got to obviously try to remain consistent. You can't complicate it. There's no secret formula or anything like that. It's just a matter of shift after shift just being consistent and playing the same way you would no matter what the score is."

In addition to the Bruins fans, a number of Canucks fans wearing their colours have been spotted around downtown Boston and around the TD Garden, including a contingent of goaltender Roberto Luongo's family.

The Green Men, the body-suit-clad duo who taunt opposition players from beside the penalty box in Rogers Arena, are also in town.

It should make for an interesting night where the fans have been known not to take too kindly to opposition fans flaunting their team's gear.

"Boston's very passionate," Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton said. "I just hope they get out of here safe."

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