Julien: Hnidy 'ready to play' for Bruins

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Julien: Hnidy 'ready to play' for Bruins

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Adam McQuaid and Mark Recchi were the only Bruins not present for the Game 3 morning skate at TD Garden on Wednesday morning, and it appears Shane Hnidy will get his first taste of the BruinsFlyers series. Coach Claude Julien confirmed after practice that McQuaid is still day-to-day with a strained neck, and that the 35-year-old Hnidy is ready to go if the Bruins need him to play. Recchi hasnt taken part in morning skates during the playoffs, as is the right of a 43-year-old future Hall of Famer, but theres little doubt Hnidy in for McQuaid will be the only change for a Bruins team up 2-0 in the series.Hnidy played Game 2 for the Bruins against the Canadiens when Zdeno Chara fell ill, but has served as a healthy scratch for the other eight playoff games thus far.Shane Hnidy is ready to play and he's certainly a possibility for the lineup tonight, said Julien.The Bruins aren't overlooking anything up 2-0 in their series against the Flyers, and Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton says that everyone in Boston's room should know that there is still plenty of battle left in the seven game series. "Experienced. Not experienced. Ive been through enough playoff series to know nothing is over," said Thornton. "That's the furthest thing from my mind. We're not talking about ourlast playoffseries. We know this is Game Three. It doesn't matter what the record is. We're just preparing for tonight." Tim Thomas was the first goaltender off for the Bruins coming off his 52-save masterpiece against the Flyers in Game 2, and his 6-3 record and .931 save percentage in the postseason are beginning to look like the numbers everybody expected heading into the playoffs.

Brian Boucher was first off for the Flyers and it looks like he'll be getting the starting nod for Philly.Nothing official from the Flyers, but it doesn't appear that Chris Pronger will be able to play due to what Flyers sources are telling CSNPhilly.com's Sarah Baicker is a lower-body injury. Meanwhile Jeff Carter skated and "looked good" according to Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, and the expectation is that the Philly scorer could be back in the lineup for a must win Game Three at TD Garden.Heard some rumors via the Internet that Marc Savard would be at the TD Garden in attendance for Games Three and Four in Boston, but a Bruins source indicated that the playmaking center isn't in Boston and won't be at the games after all. There appears to be no change in his condition as he attempts to put all the pieces back together after his latest concussion.

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