BOSTON -- Flyers winger Scott Hartnell made no qualms about it. Last year’s sweep of his team by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals is still very fresh in the minds of him and his teammates, who skated off the TD Garden ice after Game 4 dejected and knowing they had been beat by a better team.
“Two years ago they blew that 3-0 lead on us and we were hoping maybe we could do it again last year and come back but they were clearly the better team,” Hartnell said. “They came out and dominated us there in Game 1 and then Thomas was so huge for them in Game 2 and we couldn’t get that timely goal and after that I knew we were deflated. But it’s a new year. Everyone’s dreams are to win the Stanley Cup and you try and win every game and play hard. So we’re going to try and win tonight and ruin their night.”
Hartnell knows that won’t be easy though as the Bruins combine grit and scoring prowess and are especially tough on home ice as they proved in the playoffs last season.
“It’s always a hard building to come into,” Hartnell said. “They got agitators, they got pounders, they got guys who can fight and they can score goals as well. So it’s always hard to win here and win against them. They had a great run to the Stanley Cup and they were actually a great team to watch and how they played to get there.”