PHILADELPHIA -- Both the Bruins and the Flyers held optional skates this morning at Wachovia Center. After the Flyers were done, the mood in their locker room was upbeat. The Bruins were more business-like as they’re prepared to close out this series with a victory in Game 6 here tonight.
Even though Boston’s game-day skate was optional, its entire defensive corps participated. From an offensive standpoint, Patrice Bergeron, Trent Whitfield, Blake Wheeler, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton skated.
“Our guys, in order to have success, we can’t be tense,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “Being relaxed is maybe not even the right word, but we’re in the right frame of mind. Hopefully that’s what we show tonight when we start the game.”
The Bruins had a 3-0 lead in this series before the Flyers won the last two games. If Philadelphia can win the next two, it will be the third team in NHL history to come back from such a deficit.
“We haven’t talked about it much,” admitted Flyers coach Peter Laviolette. “Certainly everybody understands the difficult challenge that an 0-3 series presents. That’s part of the story you write through the course of the playoffs if you’re able to get through it, it’s part of the story. Our guys are well aware of it. Certainly they know not many teams get an opportunity at something like this. Any time you can put your name to a positive mark in history like that, it certainly would be a good thing.”