Rematches are a grind.
All your cards are already on the table, so you just have to come up with some new tricks or hope your talent can pull through against an opponent that’s in the same position.
The Boston Bruins were able to take care of the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday with their defensive prowess, disciplined play (only two power plays surrendered) and timely goal-scoring lifting them. That same recipe should be good enough for two points today.
But while the Bruins were playing Ottawa Thursday and practicing yesterday, the Flyers spent the last two days since their tilt with the Bruins working out the kinks in their game and searching their souls. The Flyers team that takes the ice today is one that knows it needs to take fewer penalties and amp up its power-play efficiency but still maintain that high-octane, full-throttle physical game the Flyers are known for. That should make for some fireworks, as well as some entertaining hockey. (more…)