BOSTON — There are so many past experiences for the Bruins to draw lessons from, they can’t possibly take the ice tonight unprepared for what Philadelphia is going to throw at them tonight.
We’ll find out after the puck drops to start Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Bruins and Flyers at 7 p.m. at the TD Garden.
The talk this morning in the Bruins’ dressing room after the morning skate would lead you to believe Boston is ready to take as many haymakers as the Flyers are willing to throw in an attempt to dig out of their 0-2 deficit.
“We put ourselves in a good spot. But we know anything can happen,” said forward Brad Marchand. “We’ve been through it last series [down 0-2 to Montreal] and last season [up 3-o on Philly], so we have to make sure we don’t take it easy and sit back. We have to keep going.”
“We were in the same boat last series and came back and won,” said winger Michael Ryder. “We know that anything can happen and we can’t take anything for granted. We have to go out tonight and work just as hard and try to and get that win.”
If there’s such a thing as game-to-game momentum, the Flyers might have some despite losing Game 2 Monday in overtime. The Flyers outshot the Bruins, 32-12, over the final period and overtime, but were unable to solve goaltender Tim Thomas.
With the start of the game so important, head coach Claude Julien has attempted to make sure his team knows it has to be better than it was at the end of last game.
“Well we have to get back to our game, simple as that,” said Julien. “I think we got away from it and that’s what allowed them to have a lot more pace than they had in the previous game or the first couple of periods. And tonight the first period is going to be an important one for both teams. I think they are both going to be keying on that first period, and how we come out is going to play a big role in dictating tonight’s game.”
The Bruins are just 2-2 at home this postseason, in contrast to their 4-1 record on the road. Marchand’s hoping the Bruins can get the crowd behind them early tonight and then ride that wave to a 3-0 series lead.
“I think the biggest thing is we have to have a big start. They’re going to come out flying and they did it last game,” said Marchand. “They’re going to want to get a couple goals early and we just have to build off that. So we just have to make sure that we have a big start, counter that and use the crowd to our advantage.”