WILMINGTON, MA – After playing Games 5 and 6 back-to-back Saturday and Sunday, the Bruins had a day off before returning to the ice for practice at Ristuccia Memorial arena Tuesday.
The Bruins evened the series with an electrifying 4-3 overtime victory, but goaltender Tim Thomas said it was beneficial to return to practice and refocus.
|Thomas makes one of his 36 saves Sunday afternoon. |
"Us having won the Game 6 and having a little bit of momentum on your side, I think practice like today is important to be crisp, and don't take a step backward and be ready to raise your game to the next level," Thomas said.
Game 7 is nothing new for the Black & Gold. After winning three Game 7s en route to last year's Stanley Cup victory, the team is equipped with an invaluable level of experience.
That said, Thomas acknowledged that the experience doesn't guarantee a victory and it will be a hard-fought contest.
"[The experience] means you've been there and know that you can win, especially as a group – it's largely the same group with a couple new additions and that's helpful," Thomas said. "But at the same time, you have to go out and put in the work. You want to be the one that comes out on top in Game 7 – you have to be the one that's willing to pay the price and is prepared to give everything you have that's left inside of you."
For the first time in NHL history, six straight playoff games in one series have been decided by one goal.
The margin for error in the playoffs is slim, but in Game 7, it becomes non-existent according to Bruins forward Brad Marchand.
"Both teams are just really resilient and I think both teams have a lot of character and when you have guys like that in the room and on the ice, a little momentum swing won't really affect guys," Marchand said.
"But like you said, in Game 7 anything can happen and it's usually a lucky bounce [or] a minor mistake that can decide the game so we have to be prepared to play our best game yet in the series."