The Boston Bruins were only minutes removed from celebrating center Tyler Seguin’s overtime goal against the Washington Capitals in Game 6 at Verizon Center for a 4-3 triumph when talk quickly turned to going home for the right to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
While home ice is certainly the preferred site for any team in a Game 7, TD Garden hasn’t been much of an advantage for the Bruins, who have lost twice there in this series.
In Game 2, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scored in double-overtime for a 2-1 win to even the series. Then yesterday in Game 5, Troy Brouwer pushed Boston to the brink of elimination with a late goal in a 4-3 win.
“Yeah, we’re confident in our own building, but they’ve won two games there,” Bruins forward Rich Peverley said. “They’re going to be confident, so it’s going to be a good game, and I think everyone’s excited.”
The second-seeded Bruins weren’t exactly world beaters at home during the regular season either. Boston had the most home losses (14) of any Eastern Conference team in the playoffs other than Ottawa, which is the No. 8 seed.
The Bruins, in fact, had one more road win (25) than they did at home in the regular season.
“We never seem to make it easy on ourselves,” said Seguin, who scored his first goal of the playoffs. “We always want to go the extra mile. Game 7 at the Garden. This is what we’ve been working for is home-ice advantage, so hopefully we can seize the opportunity.”
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