Notes: Bruins aren't taking Flyers lightly

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Notes: Bruins aren't taking Flyers lightly

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON The Bruins know the cornered-animal mentality theyll be dealing with Wednesday night when they play the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 at TD Garden.

They know because, only two weeks ago, they themselves were in the same position the Flyers are in now: Down 2-0 after dropping the first two at home, and facing two games on the road.

The Bruins, of course, came back to win that first-round series against Montreal. That, coupled with the memory of last year's fold after going up 3-0 on the Flyers, ensures the B's aren't taking anything for granted. In addition, Philly coach Peter Laviolette has started the pressure-is-on-Boston mantra with the media,

Thus, there's plenty of motivation for the Bruins to keep stomping on the weakened Flyers.

If we play well, well be up by another game, said coach Claude Julien, shedding some light onto the approach in the Bs dressing room. I dont think theres anyone in that dressing room, including coaching staff and players, that are certainly sitting comfortable. This is going to be a tough task, and theyre a good team, and were ready to face that challenge.

Last year, that one-game-at-a-time mentality completely eluded the still-maturing Bruins in their series against Philly. But the B's say they've learned their lesson.

Were just going out and playing our game, said Johnny Boychuk. Well take the game as it is and not worry about games 4, 5, 6 or 7. Just take it as Game 3 and play our game without worrying about any other games.

Its a tried-and-true sports axiom that teams need to learn how to win in the playoffs, and it sometimes players only understand what it takes to win after the pain and anxiety of a horrendous defeat.

The Bruins know the Flyers will bring the same kind of quick-punch attack in the first period that they showed at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night, when Philly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the first period. But the B's have shown the ability to fight back during these playoffs, be it on the road or at home.

For us, its about taking all the emotion and energy from the crowd and use it to give us everything that we need, said Patrice Bergeron. We need to take whatever we can to do the job at home because thats going to be huge going down the stretch.

There were reports out of Philadelphia that Flyers captain Mike Richards was chirping at Adam McQuaid as the Bruins defenseman was lying motionless on the ice after being injured in the first period on Monday night. Richards is the same player who was thought to have uttered some menacing remarks to Marc Savard last year when Savard was struggling to play despite suffering from post-concussion syndrome.

Julien said that the 52-save performance from Tim Thomas in Game 2 looked just as good on film, 24 hours later, as it was while it was happening.

In reviewing the game tape, he was outstanding. He was in control. He just followed the puck so well, said Julien of Thomas. His confidence was great and the confidence he gave to our hockey club was even more so. In playoff hockey, as youve seen in the past, teams that succeed always have a great goaltender. And right now, were getting that kind of contribution from Tim.

For those pining for Tyler Seguin to get a chance on the power play thats gone 0-for-28, Bruins president Cam Neely was on 98.5 the Sports Hub with Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti and indicated the Bs would be highly unlikely to make roster changes while theyre winning the series.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.