Bruins know about big Game 5s

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Boston Bruins have experience playing Game 5 of a championship round with the series tied at two games apiece.

Last spring, they were tied 2-2 with the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals. For all the talk about one shift, one game at a time, Game 5 of any series is a critical.

“Whoever wins the last game shifts the momentum,” said Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. “Once you win a game you get so much confidence. If you win, everything’s on your side. If you lose a game, you start to think about if it could be your last game when facing elimination. It’s a big momentum change.”

For the Bruins, they lost Game 5 in Chicago, and then Game 6 in Boston as the Blackhawks won the Cup on TD Garden ice. So, the outcome of Game 5 for the Red Sox Monday night in St. Louis could be an interesting one.

“You can look at it two ways: If we lose then we have home-field advantage, or we can win [Game 5] and have a chance to finish it at home. It’s a mental game,” Seidenberg said.