PHILADELPHIA — Now that Philadelphia is on home ice for the first time in its Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Bruins, and has the second change, Mike Richards is hoping to see less of Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara in tonight’s Game 3.
“I hope not,” said Richards after his team’s morning skate when asked about having to see a lot of No. 33 in Boston. “It’s nice to play here, it’s nice to be here, have the support of our fans in a place that we feel comfortable and we play well. We should be confident coming into tonight.”
It was suggested that Richards, whose team is down 0-2 in the series, might consider throwing the puck to Chara’s corner and throw the body at the Bruins’ giant blueliner. The Flyers captain disagreed.
“It’s not the easiest thing to do. … No it’s never actually good for me to do that,” he said.
Defenseman Chris Pronger sees the second change as a key for Philadelphia, including the chance for him to be on the ice against one of Boston’s top lines.
“That’s the luxury of having the last line change, you get the match-ups you want and the changes you want,” he said. “I’m sure they’ll do their best to make changes on the fly and that’s when faceoffs and things of that nature come into play and are more critical. When you’re at home, the other team wants to get a line change, you need to wins draws and get pucks in deep and get on your forecheck and get in the attack right away.”