Bruins fly back home and get ready to play

Bruins fly back home and get ready to play
May 13, 2013, 5:45 pm
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BOSTON –- The Bruins got home just before 11 a.m. on Monday after plane troubles kept them grounded on Sunday night in Ontario.

They skipped over to Mississauga for a team dinner following the game before spending the night at the Four Seasons in Yorkville.

“Those things happen,” said Chris Kelly. “The team did a great deal making things run smoothly, even though there was a little bit of a hiccup.

“The guys are excited to play. I'm sure if you asked all of us, we'd want to play right now, or [we would have played] this morning.”

Those are the kind of reasonable, measured words you’d expect to hear from one of the leaders in the Bruins dressing room.

But hockey players are also creatures of routine, and NHL players are the most notorious offenders in that category. They almost never fly on the same day as a game, usually always traveling the night (or day) before. So it’s natural to wonder if the Bruins’ skating legs will be affected by the change to the traveling routine prior to their biggest game of the season, Game 7 against the Leafs on Monday night.

But there is clearly some advantages in staying together overnight on the road. Staying away from the distractions of home can be a bonus.

“I didn’t have my dogs kicking me in the back in the middle of the night,” said Shawn Thornton. “I probably got more sleep staying over. We didn’t fly out at an atrocious time this morning. Everybody got their sleep, got in and had a good meal. I feel pretty good.”

It remains to be seen whether the serendipity of being caught in Ontario with plane trouble will lead to an extra boost of energy, or the dreaded dead legs, as the Bruins face a do-or-die Game 7 against the Leafs.