BOSTON -- Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette is looking for his team to claw its way back into this Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Bruins with a win in Game 4 on Friday night at TD Garden.
Similar to a year ago, the Flyers trail 3-0 in this series but believe if they can stave off elimination and send this series back to Philadelphia for a Game 5, the pressure will be on the Bruins.
“We’re capable of giving more than we gave [in Game 3],” Laviolette said. “I truly believe that. We’ve done it so many times. We did it in Game 2. Without making excuses, it wasn’t good enough [Wednesday] night.”
The Flyers practiced Thursday morning at TD Garden in preparation for Game 4 without forward Jeff Carter and defenseman Chris Pronger. Carter returned to the lineup in Game 3 after suffering a knee injury in the first round against the Sabres. He played a total of 16 minutes against the Bruins. Pronger remains out with an undisclosed injury.
Philadelphia has struggled with its goaltending this series, but Laviolette isn’t about to point any fingers at Brian Boucher or Sergei Bobrovsky. As far as Game 4, Laviolette was vague when asked who would be starting.
"We haven’t announced anything, yet,” Laviolette said. “For the most part, I haven’t announced it until the day of.”
The Flyers also aren’t about to lay blame on the goaltending for their 3-0 deficit in this series.
“It is a team game,” Carter said. “There are a lot of guys out there on the ice. Sometimes we have been hanging our goalie out to dry here. The guys on the ice have to take a lot of the blame.”