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Saturday, May 8, 2010
Quiet day off for Bruins

By Joe McDonald

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Boston Bruins returned home from Philadelphia early Saturday morning after a 5-4 overtime loss to the Flyers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Bruins coach Claude Julien gave his team the day off with only a few players needing treatment at Ristuccia Arena. Boston holds a 3-1 advantage in the series with Game 5 Monday night at TD Garden. The Bruins are one victory away from advancing to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1992.

The Flyers avoided a sweep with Simon Gagne's game winner in overtime.

“We showed some character to get back in the game, but at the same time I don’t think we had our best effort. We have to be better,” said Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron. “They’re a good team. They played desperate [Friday] night and we knew they were going to do that. We didn’t match that desperation. We need to take advantage of our home crowd and learn from that last game.”

Bruins pugilist Shawn Thornton, who received treatment on Saturday morning, believes Boston will respond on Monday.

“We’ll focus the same way,” said Thornton. “Being back at home, hopefully the energy of the crowd will help. We’ve done a pretty good job during the playoffs staying even-keeled and focusing the same way every game, so we have to continue to do that.”

After their win on Friday night at Wachovia Center, and despite their two-game deficit, the Flyers were saying that the pressure is on the Bruins. But Philadelphia’s playoff tactics won’t work on the Bruins.

“I really don’t have a response, to tell you the truth,” said Thornton. “I don’t look too stressed, do I? We’re just going to go out and play our game. It’s the playoffs. There’s supposed to be pressure on both sides. It’s not really about who has it, or who doesn’t. You should feel pressure every day going into the game and feed off it.”

Fortunately for the Bruins they were able to spilt the two games in Philly.

“Going in if we could have bought 3-1 coming back into our barn we would have,” said Thornton. “We’ll just focus on Monday and try to get the job done on Monday. There’s nothing we can do about [Friday’s] loss, so we’ll just focus on the next one.”