These Bruins have been in bad spots before.
In their 2011 Stanley Cup run, they lost the first two first-round games at home to Montreal and bounced back to win the series. In the Cup finals, they spotted the Vancouver Canucks the first two games on the road and came to win the championship.
And there was the doozy of a Game 7 in the first round this year against Toronto, down 4-1 in the third period and coming back to win after tying the game by scoring a pair of goals with the goalie pulled.

So on the surface of things, losing Game 1 to the Chicago Blackhawks should seem like no big deal.
However, it’s the way that they lost 4-3 in triple overtime that makes you wonder if it will leave a longer lasting mark on the Bruins. They had a pair of two-goal leads, including one in the third period. They missed out on plenty of glittering chances in overtime to win it, including having a pair of power plays that did nothing.
And when you don’t win those kinds of games, the legs can feel a little more weary, the mind a little more frazzled.
Coach Claude Julien has been at the helm for those great character-testing victories, and few character-building losses, and he doesn’t expect Game 1 to have an extra lingering effect.
“I don’t think much is going to rattle our team. We’re a pretty resilient group of guys. We live in the moment,” said Julien at the team’s downtown hotel yesterday. “This is a game that we all know that could have gone either way. Both teams had great chances. We could be sitting here today up 1-0 as much as we are down 1-0.”
As hard as it may be, the B’s need to put things like Kaspars Daugavins’ open net chance in the third overtime and Milan Lucic’s tip off the post at the end of the second OT out of their minds.