BOSTON — The Bruins beat the Canes four straight times in the regular season and then again in the playoff opener.
Most of the five Boston victories were similar to a degree: the Bruins turned Canes turnovers into goals, their depth was a factor, the Canes' Eric Staal didn't have a point and Carolina couldn't score more than two goals in a game.
After all that, a couple of questions need to be raised: in addition to their size, strength and skills, do the Bruins have a mental edge on the Canes? Is there a mental barrier the Canes need to break through?
"I don't think so," Canes coach Paul Maurice said today after the morning skate. "We've lost five games in a row — that's a fact. We've got to get through it, there's no question about it. We've got to play a better game against this team.