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Bruins seeking tighter game

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  May 4, 2011 12:31 PM

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Because of Tim Thomas's 52-save gem, the Bruins swiped a 3-2 overtime win in Game 2. Thomas stopped all 22 shots in the third period when the Flyers jacked up the attack.

"We have to get back to our game. Simple as that," Claude Julien said. "I think we got away from it, and that's what allowed them to have a lot more pace than they had in the previous game or in the first couple periods."

Adam McQuaid didn't skate this morning. Assuming McQuaid can't play, Shane Hnidy will serve as the No. 6 defenseman. Hnidy played in Game 2 against Montreal when Zdeno Chara was out because of a virus.

"He's got experience and we're going to use him where we see fit," Julien said.

* Late in the second period of Game 2, Johnny Boychuk nearly checked Braydon Coburn into the Delaware River. The hit prompted Scott Hartnell to pursue Boychuk, then get whistled for slashing. Coburn said he never saw Boychuk coming. "I like giving checks," Coburn said. "Sometimes you've got to take them. I don't back down from hits. Sometimes a check like that gets you going a bit." Before the game-winning goal, Coburn rimmed the puck to Kimmo Timonen when he saw Milan Lucic approaching. Perhaps Coburn rushed the rim because of Boychuk's hit. "I've seen it time and time again," said Shawn Thornton. "Being able to hit like that is kind of a skill. Like shooting the puck or anything else. He's got the timing down. You see it every 5-10 games or so, even during the regular season, that he catches somebody. I wish I had that gift."

* Peter Laviolette didn't offer any hints on the availability of Jeff Carter (knee) or Chris Pronger (undisclosed) tonight. Carter participated in the morning skate. Pronger didn't.

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