Wednesday, June 8, 2011
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- With temperatures outside TD Garden expected to reach the 90s, the Boston Bruins and the NHL are doing everything they can to keep the ice surface up to par despite the hot and humid conditions.
In fact, the Bruins brought in a dehumidifier for the Eastern Conference finals in order to keep the building dry. The players did not complain about the ice in Game 3 of the Cup final, but it could be a different story for Game 4.
Both teams held game-day skates Wednesday morning here and so far, so good.
“It was OK,” said Bruins forward Rich Peverley. “Obviously, pucks are going to bounce in any rink this time of the year. You have to be sharp and crisp with your passes.”
Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk said the ice in Game 3 was decent, but is ready for it to be a challenge in Game 4.
“Today, I can probably imagine it’s going to be, well, not so good,” he said. “In the last 10 minutes of each period you’re probably going to see a lot of bouncing pucks. You’ve got to make sure to keep it simple, play it smart and play it defensively because if there’s a puck coming at you and it’s bouncing, you better be backing up because at any moment it can bounce and they could get a good scoring chance.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien had the best line of the day when asked about the ice condition.
“I was flying. I don’t know if you guys noticed,” he said with a laugh. “For my standards anyway. It looked really good. It was very good. They made some adjustments to this building and I think it’s been some great adjustments. The guys were pleased with it last game as well.”