BOSTON -- The Bruins returned home to the TD Garden on Tuesday afternoon feeling loose, having just watched Tim Thomas steal game two some 12 hours earlier, with a 52-save performance to lead an overtime win over Philadelphia.
The Flyers, meanwhile, enter the Garden on Wednesday night not with a sense of urgency down two games, but with feeling that the pressure, in the mind of head coach Peter Laviolette, has shifted onto the spoked-B.
“When you lose your first two games in your home building, I would say that there is a real expectation for the Bruins to win the series now,” Laviolette said following Monday night’s game. “So it relieves us of the pressure, I believe, a little bit to just go in and play a game in Boston. And while that relieves us of the pressure, it certainly mounts onto them to be successful now that they have a 2-0 lead.
“I really like our guys. I think that we're going to go into Boston, we're going to play a strong hockey game, we're going to win a game. This team never quits, and like I said, we get to remove some of that pressure right now.”
Veteran Mark Recchi knows that Laviolette is just trying to do everything he can to help his team.
“He’s a very good coach, very intelligent, trying to take the pressure off his hockey club,” Recchi said of Laviolette. “He’s a very good coach, and that’s why he’s won a Cup. He’s good at it, and I have a lot of respect for him as a coach.
“He’s going to do whatever he can. But we can’t worry about what he says. We’ve got to worry about what happens in this dressing room. We’ll be ready to play. We believe in each other, we trust each other, and that’s all you can do.”
Power still out
The Bruins still have yet to manage a power-play goal in the playoffs. After going 0-for-21 in the Montreal series, becoming the first NHL team to win a seven-game series without scoring on the man-advantage, they’ve gone 0-for-7 so far against the Flyers.
“I’m getting tired of it actually,” coach Claude Julien said. “I think yesterday we certainly moved the puck a lot better, we spent more time in our own end, and we had some chances, and we didn’t bury them. To me it was, yesterday, although we didn’t score, I thought our power play was better. And if we can keep getting better hopefully we’ll get the results here soon.”
Should defenseman Adam McQuaid (sprained neck, day to day) be unable to go Wednesday night, Shane Hnidy seems to be the most logical replacement in the pairings, considering his right-handed shot. “We’ll see,” Julien said. “We’ve got some options, and those decisions will be made tomorrow.” ... Julien confirmed that Steven Kampfer, who injured his knee last month playing with the Providence Bruins, began skating Tuesday, but added “he’s still going to be a while.” The rookie was expected to add some defensive depth during the playoffs.