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Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff  June 5, 2011 06:20 PM

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By Michael Whitmer

The Bruins opted to fly back this morning from Vancouver, instead of immediately after Game 2, even though it meant a shorter turnaround between games. The Canucks flew east even later. Might fatigue or jet lag become an issue?

"Our players seem to feel pretty good right now," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We'll see tomorrow morning when they show up at the rink. No matter what, we're going to have to battle through it. There's no way around it. We have to fight through those kinds of things."

Julien was quick to note that Vancouver is accustomed to traveling east like this more than the Bruins, but said the decision on when to return home was made after much discussion, weighing the pros and cons.

"Our travel today was planned accordingly. We wanted to get back on Eastern Standard Time as quickly as we could. So that's the purpose between us leaving at the time we did, getting here at this time right now."

Long flights and quick turnarounds are part of professional sports, so it's something players, especially veterans, are used to. This time of year, with so much at stake and so many players feeling the bumps and bruises, it's imperative to get as much rest as possible.

"Tonight's going to be a big night for us to make sure we have some good rest," Patrice Bergeron said.

Added Zdeno Chara: "That's the schedule. You travel between your games and during those flights you try to relax and read, whatever you do. Take a nap, obviously maintain your nutrition program, and get ready for tomorrow."

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