Rematches are a grind.
All your cards are already on the table, so you just have to come up with some new tricks or hope your talent can pull through against an opponent that’s in the same position.
The Boston Bruins were able to take care of the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday with their defensive prowess, disciplined play (only two power plays surrendered) and timely goal-scoring lifting them. That same recipe should be good enough for two points today.
But while the Bruins were playing Ottawa Thursday and practicing yesterday, the Flyers spent the last two days since their tilt with the Bruins working out the kinks in their game and searching their souls. The Flyers team that takes the ice today is one that knows it needs to take fewer penalties and amp up its power-play efficiency but still maintain that high-octane, full-throttle physical game the Flyers are known for. That should make for some fireworks, as well as some entertaining hockey.
Season series: David Krejci’s third-period goal put the Bruins ahead to stay Wednesday in a 3-1 win at Wachovia Center. This will be the first meeting of the year in Boston between the Bruins and Flyers. Last season the teams split the pair of games played at TD Banknorth Garden.
What they’re writing: Former Bruins forward Mike Knuble is a valuable veteran on this Flyers club, according to Frank Seravalli in the Daily News. And in the Courier-Post, Chuck Gormley tells us that Alabama native Jared Ross is hoping for another chance to play against the Bruins.
Philadelphia player to watch: Martin Biron didn’t do anything to blatantly blow the game for the Flyers Wednesday, but the Philly netminder didn’t do anything to really win the game either. Whether Biron or Antero Niittymaki gets the start today, both have to start to play better for last year’s Eastern Conference runner-up to get where it wants to go this season. The Flyers have some tough decisions coming up — determining which goaltender is No. 1, deciphering which one migh be trade bait, deciding which one to re-sign (if either) as an unrestricted free agent between now and July 1. It seems that the Flyers have had a question mark in goal ever since they traded away Ron Hextall, and that riddle continues today. Either Biron or Niittymaki has to prove he’s the answer or the Flyers will have to reach outside their organization for a different answer.