Richards

BOSTON — While the Bruins didn’t skate at all today at TD Garden, the Flyers held an optional skate in preparation for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series tonight.

Even though the Flyers have gradded a hold the momentum in this series by winning three in a row, captain Mike Richards doesn’t expect Boston to take the ice with anything but its best effort tonight.

“[I expect] they’re best. It’s a situation I think where … a couple years ago [in ’08 vs. Washington] we were up 3-1 and they battled back,” said Richards, whose Flyers won that game and series. “So I think in a Game 7, you just wipe the slate clean. I’m sure they’re confident in their abilities to play. They got here for a reason. So they’re going to show up with their best game.”

That Game 7 experience against the Capitals might come in handy, but Richards doesn’t want to think too much about it.

“I think in a game like this, you don’t want to spend too much energy thinking about it beforehand or putting too much pressure on yourself,” he said. “Obviously it’s going to be an exhausting game and a difficult game so you want to save up as much energy as you can for the game. … You don’t want to say relaxed, but you want to be calm before the game.”