Flyers coach Peter Laviolette played psychologist following his team’s draining 3-2 overtime loss to Boston on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
And came close to guaranteeing a victory in Game 3 on Wednesday.
To hear Captain Hook _ OK, Monday’s goalie change was because of Brian Boucher’s dislocated finger and not because of poor performance _ all the pressure has shifted to the Bruins.
Never mind that Boston took a two game to none series lead _ with both wins on enemy ice.
Never mind that Boston goalie Tim Thomas, who made 52 saves on Monday, has shown why he will win the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie this season.
Never mind that the Flyers’ leading scorer (Jeff Carter) and best defenseman (Chris Pronger) are injured
“When you lose your first two games in your home building, I would say that there is a real expectation for the Bruins to win the series now,” he said after Monday’s loss. “So it relives us of the pressure, I believe, a little bit to just go in and play a game in Boston. And while that relieves us of the pressure, it certainly mounts onto them to be successful now that they have a 2-0 lead.
“I really like our guys. I think that we're gonna to go into Boston, we're going to play a strong hockey game, and we're going to win a game,” he said.”This team never quits and like I said, we get to remove some of that pressure right now. We just go play, have some fun, see if we can score some more goals than we did tonight. I truly believe that this team still has a lot of fight in it."
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Boston is 4-0 in OT games in the playoffs this year.
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