Flyers forward Jeff Carter missed the entire series with the Bruins last spring due to injury, even as the series extended to seven games.
But there was plenty of speculation about Carter’s potential return throughout that entire two weeks until the Flyers came back from 3-0 down in the series and won without Carter.
Right about now, the Flyers could use their regular-season leading goal-scorer to re-join the lineup for their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Bruins that continues with Game 3 tomorrow night. Today Carter skated for the first time since he suffered a knee April 20 against Buffalo, as Frequent Flyers reported today.
Of course, the Flyers could probably use any of Carter, Chris Pronger or Andreas Nodl to make a return.
Head coach Peter Laviolette didn’t use injuries as an excuse for his team’s 0-2 deficit today.
“You know I think most teams are dealing with that at this point of the year. Guys are banged up and you deal with different situations,” said Laviolette. “We are no different than other teams. That’s part of the sport, part of playoff hockey is that things happen. Some pieces come in some pieces come out. We dealt with that last year and were able to overcome it. We are working with the same this year.”
The Carter injury isn’t the only similarity between this year and last. The Flyers were also down 0-2 on their way to 0-3 down before they started their historic comeback. When you make a comeback like that, you can draw on it in the future.
“Well I think there is an example of the fact that you need to win four games to win a series,” said goaltender Brian Boucher. “You are not out until that’s the case. There’s been a lot of times in history where teams have been down 0-2 and come back. Our focus is Game 3, get one game, get some life, and move on from there.”
Forward Claude Giroux says things feel the same other than the venue for Game 3.
“Well I mean you can say they are the same I guess. We are in the same position we were last year,” he said. “Now this time we will go on the road. I think we have been playing pretty good on the road. We will just try to go one game at a time and tomorrow is going to be a big game.”