Bruins: Marco Sturm

Sturm passes physical, trade complete

December, 14, 2010
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BOSTON -- The Marco Sturm era in Boston is officially over.

The forward, who was recently dealt to the Los Angeles Kings, passed his physical on Tuesday and is expected to join his new club in St. Louis.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli released a statement confirming the completion of the deal on the team's website this evening.

Julien: Sturm getting better

December, 7, 2010
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Bruins head coach Claude Julien told the media Tuesday that Bruins forward Marco Sturm -- out since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last spring -- is getting closer to a return to game action.

"He started taking a little bit of contact yesterday, so I think he's getting better and he's getting really close," Julien said.

Sturm had major reconstructive knee surgery -- his second in two years -- after tearing his MCL and ACL last May. But while Sturm hasn't played yet this season, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli appeared to have pulled off a trade last Thursday that would've sent the German winger to the Kings in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick. The deal reportedly fell through at the last minute due to the Kings being wary of when Sturm would be ready for game action. But according to sources from both teams, there is still a chance the trade could eventually happen allowing the Bruins to clear more cap space.

Video: Sturm on possible trade

December, 3, 2010
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Bruins left wing Marco Sturm talks about waiving his no-trade clause, and shares his shock and disappointment about possibly leaving the Boston. "I love it here," he said.

Source: Bruins trade Sturm to Kings

December, 2, 2010
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The Boston Bruins have traded forward Marco Sturm to the Los Angeles Kings, a league source confirmed. Sturm, who is currently on long-term injured reserve, has been skating lately and getting closer to returning to game action. The Bruins are right up against the salary cap and would have had to find a way to clear salary before Sturm’s return to the active roster.

More details to come.

Sturm reflects on five years with B's

November, 30, 2010
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WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Marco Sturm was sitting in front of his dressing room stall at Ristuccia Arena on Tuesday after another grueling practice and step toward his comeback from reconstructive knee surgery, which has kept him out of game action since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last May. When notified that it was the five-year anniversary of the trade that brought him to Boston (along with defenseman Brad Stuart and forward Wayne Primeau) and made former Bruins captain Joe Thornton a San Jose Shark, a deal that changed the face of both franchises, Sturm seemed shocked.

“Today? Really? Wow, it goes quick!” Sturm said.

Sturm then thought back to that night, Nov. 30, 2005, and how he found out he had been dealt for Thornton, who would go on to win the Hart Trophy that season and leave disgruntled Bruins fans behind, ready to hang then-general manager Mike O’Connell on the town common. O’Connell thankfully never met that fate, but he was fired by the Bruins the following March after the season officially went in the tank.

“I was in Dallas on the ice for warmups and they called us in and told us we had been traded and that was it,” Sturm recalled. “Next day 6 o’clock in the morning, I remember that because it was really early since we [the Bruins] were playing that night against Ottawa and we had to come in early.”

Sturm would score a goal in that game, and despite numerous injuries has been a 20-goal scorer in four of the five seasons he has played for the Bruins. But as Sturm pointed out, even though he would score 23 goals as a Bruin and finish with 29 overall in the 2005-06 season, it was understandably difficult for him, Stuart and Primeau to play themselves out from under Thornton's shadow.

Stuart and Primeau didn’t last long as they were traded to Calgary in February 2007 for current Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference and former Bruins winger Chuck Kobasew. Sturm truly didn’t feel free of the Thornton trade until current GM Peter Chiarelli took over heading into the 2007-08 season and the franchise turned things around with the first of three straight playoff appearances.

“It was a tough start obviously me coming here for Joe,” Sturm said. “It was tough for me, the team at the time, and I think the fans too because Joe was very popular here and they loved him. It wasn’t easy on anyone. But I mean look at the team now. We’ve come from the bottom five years ago to being a contender each season.”

But even when he first stepped on the TD Garden ice on Dec. 1, 2005, Sturm was amazed at the passion and excitement from Bruins fans and the city of Boston.

“I noticed right away and it’s even more so now that hockey is a top sport in this city,” Sturm said. “Well, I should say even more so if you win and have a winning team. I mean, look at the playoffs, the Fenway game or just a big game, people get really excited and it doesn’t matter where you go here, they love their hockey. So I think that’s the most exciting thing about playing here.”

Including the playoffs, Sturm has played only 102 games over the last two seasons and has missed the first 22 games of this season. He’s aiming for a mid-December return but on Tuesday, despite all his health problems, Sturm was all smiles thinking back over the last five seasons.

“It’s been great,” he said. “I mean obviously I wish I had been healthier, but overall it’s made me a better player and a better person. I’ve been through some hard times but I’ve learned a lot and I couldn’t be around a group of better guys than the ones from the last few years and also the organization and coaches. They always treated and do treat me well.”

As for his greatest memory as a Bruin, that was an easy answer for the German winger.

“It has to be the Fenway game,” Sturm said referring to the overtime winner he scored in the 2010 Winter Classic. “It was just such a special and unique moment and just all the hype around it. That’s going to be my highlight so far as a Boston Bruin.”

For more of Sturm's highlights with the Bruins, check out the video below.

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Sturm's a step away

November, 29, 2010
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WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins forward Marco Sturm knows he’s getting close to returning to the lineup, and even though he’s been skating for more than a month, he has to be patient before he can be cleared for contact.

Sturm suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers on May 1 and required season-ending surgery. He suffered a similar injury to his left knee on Dec. 18, 2008 and missed the remainder of that season.

Because he’s been through this process twice in a short amount of time, he knows what expect.

From a conditioning standpoint, Sturm said he believes he’s ready. Now it’s only a matter of the physical aspect of the game.

“It’s more the battle,” he said. “I’m still not doing it and I still have to wait a little bit. That’s my last step to go, to battle, and practice with the guys too. For me and Savvy, it’s hard because the team doesn’t practice that much, so we just have to find a way.”

Because of the Bruins’ recent schedule, the team hasn’t been able to conduct full practices. In fact, there have been only two in the last week.

Sturm’s still not ready to pinpoint a return date.

“It’s tough to say. When I came back last time, I had a big break and had time to rest too,” he said. “This time, I skated earlier and I’m trying to get better every week.”

When Sturm was first able to lace up his skates and begin individual on-ice workouts on Oct. 26, the Bruins were playing well. Until the team’s recent skid, losing four of the last five games, Sturm was at ease, knowing he didn’t have to rush back because the team was successful.

“There are always going to be bumps in the road,” he said. “It seems like right now there is a little one, but I’m not concerned at all about this team. We have a good hockey team. Of course you want to get back either way, but [losing] doesn’t really change my mind.”

Sturm has proven to be an offensive asset when he’s healthy, posting at least 20 goals in four of the last five seasons.

Krejci, Savard given day off

November, 18, 2010
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BOSTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien decided to give both David Krejci (concussion) and Marc Savard (concussion) the day off to rest.

Both are expected to be back on the ice Friday morning.

Krejci is listed as day-to-day, and, according to Julien, the highly skilled forward has suffered no setbacks.

“You’ve got to wait until he’s 100 percent,” said the coach. “Concussions are serious injuries that you have to respect the healing time."

Krejci suffered a moderate concussion on Nov. 6 against the St. Louis Blues and has missed five games. He could return sooner rather than later.

In other injury news, forward Marco Sturm (knee) continues to progress. He skated again this morning and looked strong during drills.

“It’s a matter of, a lot like a concussion, he’s got to be 100 percent because he’s been out that long,” Julien said. “When you’ve been out six months, you don’t come back until you’re 100 percent and we don’t know when that’s going to happen.”

Julien on Sturm: 'Long ways away'

October, 26, 2010
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More from Joe McDonald on Marco Sturm's return to the ice today, including coach Claude Julien saying that Sturm is still "a long ways away" from returning.
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Don't get too excited because Boston Bruins forward Marco Sturm skated Tuesday for the first time since he suffered a knee injury last spring that required surgery to repair MCL and ACL tears. Bruins coach Claude Julien called Sturm's 30-minute morning twirl at Ristuccia Arena a "leisurely skate" and said the team won't know how much longer Sturm will be sidelined until his on-ice rehab is increased and he's pushed physically.

"He's a long ways away," Julien said. "I can't even think about [a possible return] right now because he's so far away. He just stepped on the ice today after being out [five months], so let's give him a break here and let him find his way before we can even think about where we're going to put him."

Just the fact Sturm was able to lace up the skates is a positive sign.

"He finally gets to skate, and I'm sure he's as excited as anybody to get back on skates," Julien said. "It's been a long journey, to say the least."

Sturm, who suffered the injury in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers, said he felt no pain or discomfort while skating Tuesday morning. He did say his right leg feels weak, but that's expected.

"It was good. It was better than I expected," Sturm said of his first day back on the ice. "I'm just going to start rolling now and try to skate almost every day now and then we'll see."

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Sturm: 'Better than I expected'

October, 26, 2010
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WILMINGTON, Mass. – Boston Bruins forward Marco Sturm skated Tuesday morning at Ristuccia Arena for the first time since he suffered a knee injury in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers last spring. Sturm needed surgery to repair MCL and ACL tears.

He was working on skating and stick handling drills and spent about 30 minutes on the ice.

Sturm admitted he felt no pain, only a little weakness in his right leg.

“It was good. It was better than I expected,” Sturm said. “I’m just going to start rolling now and try to skate almost every day now and then we’ll see.”


Sturm takes the ice

October, 26, 2010
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WILMINGTON, Mass. – Good morning from Ristuccia Arena, where Bruins forward Marco Sturm is skating on his own.

He suffered a knee injury in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers last spring, and needed surgery to repair both MCL and ACL tears. He’s working on skating and stickhandling drills.

Marc Savard (post-concussion syndrome) has been skating for the last week, and he looks much better than he did a week ago.

David Krejci, who missed practice on Monday due to having wisdom teeth removed, is also back on the ice today.

Chiarelli 'not hiding' from cap problems

October, 24, 2010
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Things seemingly have been quiet on the trade rumor mill lately, but that doesn’t mean Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli isn’t working hard behind the scenes trying to pave the way for some possible cap-clearing moves.

Chiarelli is in a precarious position that, as ESPN.com’s Pierre Lebrun pointed out in his Cross Checks blog Saturday night, is only going to become more difficult in December when Marco Sturm and Marc Savard are expected to come off long-term injury reserve. Sturm ($3.5 million) and Savard ($4 million) will present a combined $7.5 million hit against the $59.4 million salary cap.

According to capgeek.com, the Bruins have $1.8 million in cap space with Sturm and Savard on LTIR, and if they were to put them back in the lineup right now, Boston would be over the cap. Chiarelli told Lebrun that he is working to remedy the cap problems.

"I'm going to have to do something, I'm not hiding away from the fact," Chiarelli said Friday.

Lebrun figures that, as many have speculated, the Bruins are trying to move winger Michael Ryder, who is making $4 million in the last year of his contract. But Lebrun makes the valid point that clearing Ryder off the books won’t be enough. Sturm is also mentioned as a trade candidate, but remember, he has a no-movement clause and may not be that attractive to teams having just come off LTIR. LeBrun makes another valid point that Tim Thomas most likely is off the trading block since he’s off to the best start of his career at 4-0-0 with a 0.75 GAA and .978 save percentage.

On Sunday, a Bruins source told ESPNBoston.com that Sturm has not been approached about waiving the no-movement clause and it’s “unlikely” he would waive it. This source also said that forward Blake Wheeler ($2.2 million) and defenseman Matt Hunwick ($1.4 million) are in play as possible trade bait. Hunwick has struggled with puck movement and decision-making early on, and Wheeler once again isn’t playing the physical game that the team would like (although he does have two assists). Both Wheeler and Hunwick will be restricted free agents after this season.

Notes: Seguin scores his first

October, 10, 2010
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PRAGUE -- Tyler Seguin was going to remember the Bruins' trip to Prague regardless of what happened on the ice in the first two games of the 2010-11 season. Seguin was able to bond with his new teammates and see a historic and beautiful city in the process.

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AP Photo/Petr David JosekTyler Seguin has something to celebrate -- his first NHL goal -- in just his second game.
But on Sunday, Seguin did something no player ever forgets, scoring his first NHL goal 9:14 into the third period to seal the Bruins' 3-0 win over the Coyotes.

"I didn't imagine my first NHL game in Europe, much less my first NHL goal," Seguin said.

As Seguin, wearing a proud smile, addressed the media, the puck he put past Ilya Bryzgalov for the goal was in his stall. Seguin, who scored on a breakaway, wasn’t even sure if he had beaten Bryzgalov as he went flying past the net and into the boards.

"I saw the puck in the net and then I raised my arms. I wasn't sure it was in at first," said Seguin, who was hauled down and slid into the end boards after getting off the shot.

Seguin's teammates were happy to share in the special moment.

“That’s a great feeling when you score your first one,” said forward Mark Recchi, who grabbed the puck for Seguin. “That’s something you always remember.”

Horton fitting in

After notching a goal and an assist on Sunday, Nathan Horton has three goals and four points in his first two games with the Bruins. Horton, who became a Bruin last June when he was acquired from Florida, said his new linemates deserve plenty of credit for his instant success.

David Krejci, who had two assists, and Milan Lucic, who also scored Sunday, are meshing well with Horton.

“Every day is getting better,” Horton said. “We try not to be too fancy sometimes. I think that’s where we get into trouble, and getting some pucks to the net. I think if you try to work little plays, give-and-gos, and just have fun out there, just relax and try to work together. They’re great players, so it’s just get them the puck and things happen.”

Sturm to start skating soon

It's been a tough few years for Marco Sturm as he has battled numerous leg injuries. He again finds himself trying to come back after tearing his ACL and MCL in Game 1 of the Bruins' seven-game loss to the Flyers in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals.

It's been a long offseason of rehabbing off the ice and Sturm is ready to lace up his skates again. Sturm said during Sunday's win that he will resume skating on his own either this week or next.

"That's the plan right now," Sturm said. "I'm not sure if it will be right away this week or next, but that's our plan. Pretty soon."

Sturm realizes there is still a long road ahead as the timetable for him to start playing again is still mid-November to early December. But he is ready for this next step.

"It will take a while to get started but it's definitely something we want to do right now and we think I'm ready to take this step," Sturm said. "I feel pretty good. No problems with the knee now. I know I am not as strong as I want or need to be, but I'm good enough to do this. I still have a lot of work to do and it will take time for sure, but this is a good step in the right direction."

Sturm is grateful he was able to join the Bruins on their European trip but said it's hard for him to watch and not be playing.

"It's been a tough couple of years and even coming off this last injury, you just want to play so bad and I'm excited to just get out there," Sturm said. "The guys have been great and it's awesome to be here with them, but you want to play still and I can't wait until that happens."

Lineup changes

Julien juggled his lineup a bit Sunday, scratching forward Daniel Paille and inserting rookie Jordan Caron into the lineup and starting goalie Tim Thomas in favor of Saturday's starter Tuukka Rask who made 32 saves in a 5-2 loss. Adam McQuaid almost played his first game of the season as well with Andrew Ference suffering from an upper body injury but Ference battled through and played.

Bruins must address salary-cap dilemma

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On Tuesday, the Bruins officially signed second overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft Tyler Seguin to a three-year entry-level contract that will pay him the maximum base salary of $900,000 per season, and bonuses that could max out at $3.75 million annually. Combining that with the signing of Blake Wheeler to his one-year arbitration award contract worth $2.2 million, Boston is now not only over the 2010-11 NHL salary cap of $59.4 million but also the “summer cap” that allows them to go up to $65.3 million or 10 percent over the season cap until one week before the season begins.

According to capgeek.com, the Bruins’ cap hit currently stands at $66.28 million, which as general manager Peter Chiarelli acknowledged means that despite a 7.5-percent bonus buffer that applies Seguin’s bonuses to the 2011-12 cap until Seguin meets them and the Bruins' plans to put injured forward Marco Sturm on long-term injury reserve, another roster move could be right around the corner.

While Chiarelli said he is happy with the current roster, he realizes that in this salary-cap-era things are likely to change before training camp arrives, as the Blackhawks -- only two months removed from a Stanley Cup -- proved Monday when they walked away from goalie Antti Niemi’s arbitration award of one-year, $2.75 million.

"It’s a roster that I am very happy with right now -- there are some spots for young players to earn spots -- but you’re never done with your roster,” he said. “There’s always things that crop up. We just saw a Stanley Cup-winning goalie become available on the free market. So things happen, things crop up, and it’s never done until the opening-day roster is filed. Things come up and you’re never filing your final roster until you file your final roster. I might expect another move.”

The Bruins once again pointed out that when the season begins, they can at least use the $3.5 million from Sturm’s salary for cap relief until he returns in what Chiarelli still believes will be mid- to late-November. Between the first drop of the puck and then, however, he can at least evaluate what possible changes need to be made.

“We’re over the cap right now but we have a player in Marco Sturm that we can put on long-term injury,” Chiarelli said when asked if the current roster is cap-compliant. “At some point we’d have to make some changes when Marco’s ready to come back, but that’s the reason you have long-term injury, that you can go in excess of the cap and see how your team unfolds while your injured player is rehabbing and recuperating.”

Until training camp, though, Chiarelli said he is confident in the players he has.

"We have the ability to ice a team and a good team, and if that’s all we do [signing Seguin] between now and the start of camp, I’d be very happy,” he said.

Dirty goals a must for Boston

May, 14, 2010
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BOSTON -- The first few minutes of Game 7 will be important.

For all the talk about being the better team once the puck drops is realistic at this point. The Bruins know it. The Flyers know it.

Boston has not scored the first goal since Game 4 and will need to accomplish that tonight. Lighting the lamp has been a concern for the Bruins, especially since they have scored only once in the last two games. Milan Lucic’s goal at the 19-minute mark of the third period in Game 6 came with goaltender Tuukka Rask on the bench for the extra attacker.

In fact, the Bruins went 134:32 without scoring a goal before Lucic’s tally. That can’t happen tonight if Boston is to have success. Bruins coach Claude Julien is trying to keep his players positive in the goal-scoring category.

“You’ve got to make sure you’re not bogging them down with the fact that we’re not scoring goals,” he said. “You’ve got to keep encouraging those guys to go to the net and encourage our guys to shoot pucks.”

The Flyers blocked 30 shots in Game 6, but the Bruins need to adjust and find a way to get pucks through to Philadelphia goaltender Michael Leighton.

“It’s been one of those challenges this year, we’ve had a lot of our key players and goal-scoring players out of our lineup,” explained Julien. “When everybody has been back, and at the start of the playoffs, we had better balance. You lose [Marco] Sturm, who was your leading goal scorer during the regular season and now you lose [David] Krejci, you’re up against a challenge again, but it’s not a challenge we can’t overcome.”

The goals the Bruins need to score are those dirty ones. They need tips, rebounds and redirects.

“It just means you have to dig in a little deeper,” added Julien. “Those highlight goals aren’t going to be there, so you have to grind it out a little bit more and be willing to get your nose dirty.”

What to watch for in Game 2

May, 3, 2010
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BOSTON -- The game plan is very simple for both the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday night at TD Garden.

The Bruins hold a 1-0 lead in this series and obviously want to extend that, while the Flyers are hoping for a split before the matchup shifts to Philadelphia for Game 3 on Wednesday.

The Bruins exhibited a first-period prowess in Game 1 that they were not able to create in their first-round series against the Sabres. Boston produced high-quality scoring chances and got a lot of pucks to the net and plenty of traffic in front of Flyers goalie Brian Boucher.

Philadelphia needs to stifle that surge and create its own in the first period if the Flyers are to have success tonight.

Before this series started, the key for both teams was to be physical, so it was a little strange to see a total of nine goals scored in Game 1. That trend probably won’t continue and it’s a safe bet there will be more of a physical presence from both sides Monday night.

After a sloppy second and third period for Boston in Game 1, the Bruins took it to the Flyers in overtime before Marc Savard netted the game winner at 13:52 of the extra frame. Philadelphia skated on its heels in overtime and Flyers coach Peter Laviolette expects his team to come out with a better approach for Game 2.

“You go back and you think about [Game 1], you watch it again and I definitely think that there are areas that you can improve on,” Laviolette said. “We can be better and we’ll certainly try to do that tonight.”

Here are three things to watch for:

GOALTENDING: Boucher was actually surprised by the number of goals scored in Game 1. He doesn’t expect a repeat performance tonight. Boucher enters tonight’s game with a 2.07 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage in six playoff games, while Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask has a 2.36 GAA and a .921 in seven games.

Boucher doesn’t know too much about Rask, but he did watch highlights from the Buffalo series and knows he’s a solid goaltender.

“He’s obviously had a great year,” said Boucher. “He’s a great goalie with great reflexes. He seems to be a pretty good athlete. For him to beat Buffalo in the first round, obviously, he had to have done a pretty good job. We’re going to have to bear down on our chances because I don’t think we’re going to get four goals on him every night, especially the way they play defense. We’re going to have to bury our chances when we get them.”

The Flyers’ plan of attack on Rask is similar to what the Bruins did to the Sabres’ Ryan Miller. Philadelphia will use its size and strength to create havoc in front of the Bruins’ net. Besides the pair of power-play goals the Flyers scored in Game 1, Philadelphia’s other two tallies were goals Rask should have had.

“Nothing I wasn’t expecting,” said Rask. “I knew that was their style of play and they can get pucks to the net. It wasn’t anything unusual and I just have to adjust to that.”

SPECIAL TEAMS: It’s not surprising the Bruins allowed two power-play goals after Marco Sturm left Game 1 with a knee injury. He’s lost for the season with a torn ACL and MCL, so Boston’s penalty-killing unit will need to be tweaked just a bit. Prior to the Flyers scoring a pair of goals while on the man-advantage, Boston was a perfect 21-for-21 on the PK in the playoffs.

“I think we’ve got some other guys who can step in there,” said Julien. “We’ve got guys that can do the job.”

The coach pointed to the likes of Mark Recchi, Vladimir Sobotka and Steve Begin as players who will be relied upon heavily on the penalty kill with Sturm out of commission.

Moving ahead for the Flyers in this series, it’s important they focus on staying out of the box because they have a better shot for success at even-strength play.

HOME ICE: The Bruins enter Game 2 tonight with a 4-0 record at home this postseason and they’re looking to build on that success. Even on the road, Boston stole a game in Buffalo during the first-round series. The Bruins are confident on home ice and on the road.

“You’ve got to be prepared for all kinds of scenarios,” said Julien. “When you’re at this stage and you got good teams left in the playoffs, you have opportunities to win at home as well as on the road.”

Julien added the team’s not intimidated going on the road.

“We don’t fear that and I’m sure a lot of teams are thinking the same way.”

That is exactly the Flyers’ mindset.

“You want to come here and get a split,” said Boucher. “Our focus was Game 1 and we really wanted Game 1. We didn’t get it and now our focus shifts to Game 2. This is a big one for us.”

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