BOSTON — With the temperature soaring for a target hotter than 90 degrees today, there’s some concern the ice conditions could take a nosedive for tonight’s Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Bruins and Vancouver.
TD Garden has taken a number of precautions to prevent a deterioration of the playing surface, but like most things we won’t know how well it will work out until the game is played. There’s never been a June hockey game in Boston until this season.
The players, many of whom said the ice for Monday’s Game 3 was surprisingly satisfactory — relatively speaking — didn’t sound too concerned after today’s morning skate.
“I don’t think it’s going to be any different than the rest of the playoffs,” said forward Daniel Paille. “It’s tough when every day there’s something going on in this building and we go out and skate. But we’ve been dealing with it all year and throughout the playoffs, so it shouldn’t be much different.”
Center David Krejci was a little less positive about the potentially sloppy conditions. You’d expect him to worry about it because so much of his game is based on keeping the puck on his stick until the last possible moment. Nonetheless, he’s confident his game will translate regardless of the ice’s composition.
“Sometimes maybe I get a good break,” said the center. “I try to shoot a puck high glove and it’s going to go 5-hole, by accident. It’s happened to me before.”