RALEIGH — The Boston Bruins have completed their optional morning skate here at the RBC Center in preparation for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Every Bruins player skated except for forwards Michael Ryder, Shawn Thornton and P.J. Axelsson. All are expected to play in tonight’s pivotal contest with the series tied 1-1.

“I guess it’s the biggest adversity we’ve had so far. But every team’s going to face adversity,” said goaltender Tim Thomas after the skate. “The Red Wings are facing it with Anaheim, in a different way. But it is important how we bounce back and we have to come out and have a better game than we’ve had either of the first two games.”