PHILADELPHIA — They have Game 2 to redeem themselves.
That’s the consolation the Philadelphia can take from their 7-3 loss to the Bruins yesterday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the teams.
Game 2 will be back on the home ice at Wells Fargo Center, and they can use their ugly Game 1 effort as motivation.
“You’ve got to take the good out of the game, even though there wasn’t much. I think we embarrassed ourselves in front of our fans,” said forward Scott Hartnell at his team’s practice facility in Voorhees, N.J. today. “That’s the one thing, we have a lot of pride in this dressing room. When you do that you want to come back all fired up. The group of guys we have in here, we will be all fired up and ready to go.”
While they didn’t go on the ice today, the Flyers focused off the ice on what they need to do better to be more competitive in Game 2.
“Well we’ve got to play harder and be more physical,” said captain Mike Richards. “We know how we need to play to have success. It’s not going to be easy. [The Bruins] are going to come out just as hard tomorrow night. We need to try and take control of that game from the get go and put forth a better effort. In playoffs, whether you win or lose it doesn’t matter you have to move on to the next game.”
The Flyers are no stranger to series deficits. Just this postseason they were down 1-0 and 3-2 in their series with Buffalo. And they even trailed Game 6 by two goals. Along the way, a veteran coaching staff and veteran roster combined to make the necessary adjustments. So down 1-0 to the Bruins, Philadelphia should be prepared to pull even tomorrow night.
“Yeah I think we can make adjustments and kind of see what our opponents are doing well and what we are doing well and what we aren’t,” said defenseman Chris Pronger. “Again, we continue to work on those in practice, through video, and all the rest of that stuff. Try to fine tune even in between periods as we go along through the course of the series. We have been able to make some pretty good adjustments in the last couple of years here. But we need to continue to do that in order to be successful.”