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B's Expect Flyers to Fight Back

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Monday night, after his Flyers dropped an overtime decision to the Bruins, Philadelphia Head Coach Peter Laviolette was asked about his hockey club's approach to Games 3 & 4 in Boston.


"I'm not looking so much at where we are in the series more than what's at stake in tomorrow night's game [and] how well do we have to play." - Coach Julien
"We will probably just go slow and worry about Game 3 right now," said Laviolette. "I thought we played a really hard fought game.

"We were a little bit lose in the first period defensively where there were some bounces and they caught some breaks behind us. There were a lot of chances both ways but as the game went on I really thought we got stronger and stronger.

"We kept pushing and I thought that we had lots of opportunities to win the hockey game.”

Boston bench boss Claude Julien saw many of the same things and on Tuesday, as his Bruins enjoyed an off-ice workout day, the B's head coach said his own club will have to be careful not to get complacent.

"I don’t think so much about being up 2-0," said Julien. "Again, especially after last night, we know how tough the competition is.

"We just need to come in here tomorrow and be ready to play as good as we can. There’s obviously some areas of our game that were certainly not up to par yesterday...and we have to correct those, and we’re going to make those corrections and hopefully those adjustments before tomorrow night.

"I’m not looking so much at where we are in the series more than what’s at stake in tomorrow night’s game [and] how well do we have to play," he said.

"I thought they played better than us last night," said B's alternate captain Patrice Bergeron said. "We found a way, but still, we have to make sure we're a little better tomorrow.

"They are a great team," added Bergeron. "They are not going to quit and we know that.

"So, we just have to regroup and make sure we get back to our game."

"I don't think we need to look too far back to know that guys aren't getting too comfortable," said defenseman Andrew Ference in obvious reference to the B's fall at the hands of the Flyers last spring.

"We need to know that playoffs are hard-fought and we have to earn every victory, so I think it would be silly to think that guys in this locker room are comfortable."

Given the loss of defenseman Adam McQuaid to a sprained suffered in  Monday's game, Tomas Kaberle was happy with the B's ability to roll with the punches. He and the rest of the blueliners on the Bruins had to up their minutes and their effort to absorb the loss of their teammate.

"It's nice to see us find a way to win hockey games like that, especially in overtime," said Kaberle. "You have to [put] everything on the line and it's nice to come back home with a 2-0 lead."

But, given the years that the former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman waited to get back into the postseason, Kaberle's not taking anything for granted.

"This is what you play for," he said. "You play for the playoffs and you want to go deep.

"Last night wasn't pretty. But we found a way to win and that's what matters sometimes in playoff hockey."

Like his players, Coach Julien had a firm grasp of the bottom line for Game 3 and concentrated on what the Bruins would attempt to do in the Garden on Wednesday, rather than worrying about what the Flyers would bring to the ice.

"If we play well, we’ll be up by another game," he said. "I don’t think there’s anyone in that dressing room, including coaching staff and players, that are certainly sitting comfortable.

"This is going to be a tough task, and they’re a good team, and we’re ready to face that challenge."
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