Bruins won’t let flight delay be a distraction

The Bruins aren’t going to make any excuses about having their flight back to Boston delayed a night, calling the malfunction on their charter plane from Toronto Sunday night an opportunity to look on the positive side.

“It was just bad luck on our part with having the malfunction there,” said Daniel Paille. “But I think we dealt with it and no one was too upset about it.

“We came this morning ready to play and realizing what we needed to do. I think that was more important than coming in last night. There’s two ways you can look at it, and we looked at it the positive way.”


The Bruins arrived in Boston at approximately 10:30 a.m., skipping their morning skate before having a meal together. The option to rest last night in Toronto might have even been beneficial to some.

“I think it was fine,” said Johnny Boychuk. “We got to go eat and went right to the hotel and right to bed. It wasn’t that bad.”

Said Shawn Thornton, “I didn’t have my dogs kicking me in the back in the middle of the night.”

The Bruins were getting revved up for Game 7 Monday night against the Maple Leafs, doing their best to forget their offensive output in the last two games and put another positive spin on tonight’s matchup.

“Everybody seems to be focusing on today and not what happened last game at all,” Boychuk. “Just have to think of it as this game and not to look ahead at all. And know that we have a tough opponent and know our backs are against the wall just like they have been the last couple of games. We have to be prepared today or else our season is going to be over.”

There’s no telling whether coach Claude Julien intends to alter his lines after a poor string of periods on offense. The Bruins are 3 for 18 on the power play in the playoffs, including 1 for 8 at home. But changing lines would not be a cause for concern among the players.


“We’ve been playing together throughout the years with different pairings,” Boychuk said. “So we do have some chemistry between different pairings, different groups. So it’s not like it’s out of the norm that it’s going to affect us. And it shouldn’t. We have enough experience in the room that we can play with each other and not worry about a thing.”

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