BOSTON _ Jeff Carter, who has been sidelined by a knee injury, will be a game-time decision Wednesday night in Boston. For the Flyers, that’s the good news.
The bad news: There are indications that defenseman Chris Pronger’s hamstring/back injury could keep him out of the rest of the series. Pronger did not take part in the morning skate Wednesday.
The Flyers face Boston at TD Garden Wednesday night. They trail the Bruins, two games to none.
The Flyers are treating tonight’s matchup as if it were a Game 7.
“We have to. Obviously we came back from 0-3 last year, but I don’t think our guys want to do that again. It was stressful,” said center Claude Giroux, who leads the NHL with 12 playoff points. “Tonight if we win, we’re back in the series and right back in the mix.”
“Obviously there’s a big difference between 2-1 and 3-0,” said Ville Leino, adding that the Flyers will have a Game 7 mentality Wednesday night.
The Flyers can draw confidence from dominating the Bruins in Monday's third period and most of the OT. They outshot Boston, 32-12, during that span.
“We just didn’t get the bounces, but I’m sure if we work that hard, we’ll get the bounces tonight,” Leino said.
Carter, who led the Flyers with 36 goals this season, may be used on the power play Wednesday. He was skating gingerly at Wednesday’s morning practice.
Asked if he could be effective at that pace, Carter said, “It’s a quick game right now, so I’m not too sure.”
Asked if he was optimistic he could play Wednesday, Carter said, “I don’t know.”
If Carter plays, Jody Shelley will likely be scratched.
Forwards Eric Wellwood and Ben Holmstrom, and defensemen Danny Syvret and Matt Walker were among the Flyers at the morning skate.
Brian Boucher will be the Flyers' starting goalie Wednesday,
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Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid did not take part in the morning skate and will probably be replaced Wednesday night by 35-year-old Shane Hnidy. McQuaid suffered a sprained neck when he slammed head-first into the end boards in Game 2,
Hnidy was signed as a free agent in late February and played in just three regular-season games with the Bruins. He also played in one game in the conference quarterfinals, replacing the injured Zdeno Chara against Montreal.
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