The Bruins are enjoying a well-earned rest day today after last night’s double overtime win. Claude Julien and several of the players gathered at TD Garden to fulfill their media obligations.
“Pretty tired,” admitted Dennis Seidenberg, last night’s ice time leader for the Bruins. “It’s good to have a day like today to relax outside a little bit.”
The Bruins will return to work tomorrow before an afternoon departure for Montreal. They’re aiming to finish the series on Tuesday at the Bell Centre instead of returning to the Garden for Game 7 on Wednesday.
“They’re playing for their lives and they’re playing in their home building,” Julien said. “So it represents a pretty big challenge for us. We’re going to have to be at our best.”
* The Bruins have two whacks at eliminating the Canadiens. As everyone knows, they had four chances to do the same to the Flyers last season. “We learned from that last year,” Johnny Boychuk said. “You can’t count a team out when you’re up or down in a series. We’ve learned from that. Hopefully we can finish it off next game.”
* Michael Ryder has been one of the heroes the last two games. In Game 4, Ryder scored twice, including the overtime winner. In Game 5, Ryder made a glove save on Tomas Plekanec in the first period. Those plays, however, didn’t absolve Ryder from being on the receiving end of a Julien jab. Julien, when asked how he’s been able to motivate Ryder throughout his career, zinged the right wing. “Obviously I don’t all the time,” Julien said with a smile. “I wish I could.”
* The NHL will announce the Norris Trophy finalists tomorrow. Zdeno Chara will be among the three.