PHILADELPHIA — A 7-3 romp in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Flyers didn’t earn the Bruins a day off.
Boston hit the ice at the Wells Fargo Center for three quarters of an hour today in preparation for tomorrow night’s Game 2.
Only forward Nathan Horton was excused, and his off day was an accident. Head coach Claude Julien said that just before going out to the ice, Horton’s rivets on one of his skates popped and they wouldn’t have been fixed in time to be of use to the Bruins. So Horton worked out off the ice and will skate Monday.
Out in Voorhees, N.J., the Flyers held an optional practice and none of their regular players skated. Certainly they must have been working diligently behind the scenes to cure what plagued them in a mistake-filled Game 1. After all, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette left no area of his team’s game blame-free for the defeat.
“If he said they had to be better in all areas, they’re going to adjust in all areas,” said Julien. “We expect them, we know they’re going to come out a lot better. There’s no doubt there. There’s no secret to that and we just have to be ready for it. I think we’re anticipating it, we know what’s coming, as a hockey club you have to be ready to face that. We’re just going to have to be as good as we can be tomorrow and come out there the better team.”