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Bruins Expect Tough Test

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- Whenever the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers square off, fans can expect a hard-fought, physical matchup between the two Eastern Conference powerhouses.

Sure, maybe the rivalry isn’t as intense as the Montreal Canadiens, but after the Flyers bounced the B’s in the 2010 postseason and the Bruins swept Philly en route to winning the Stanley Cup, the foundation has been set, and the rivalry will only intensify Saturday.

“Philly is a very good team – there’s a bit of a rivalry brewing there,” forward Brad Marchand said. “They play the same way we do. It will be a hard-fought, grinding battle and they’re definitely fun games to be a part of.”

The teams are tied for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with 41 points, and forward Patrice Bergeron said his team is preparing hard for Saturday’s bout after having the day off yesterday.

“I think [Thursday was] a good day to make sure you rest and take as much time as you can to bottle up your energy,” Bergeron said. “[Today] is going to be a huge practice for us to get ready for Philly. It’s going to be a big game.”

Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg agreed with Bergeron, saying that the team, which played back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday, could use a day away from the rink.

“[Thursday] we had time to just shut down and relax and just refresh ourselves,” Seidenberg said. “You just don’t think about hockey for a day and then you get ready tomorrow again to prepare yourself to play Philly.”

Andrew Ference said that the team will have little trouble getting pumped up for Saturday’s game. But he’s not excited for just the physical play, but also the tactical hockey that he anticipates in the contest.

“A lot of people think its because of the physical side of our teams, but I think we play some great hockey and there’s some great skill on both teams,” he said. “[Both teams] can move the puck around and make some great plays and still have that physical side and edge to the game. I’m sure there’s a lot of mutual respect between both teams, and a chance to prove ourselves again against a really good team.”

---Anthony Gulizia
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