RALEIGH — Down 2-1 in the best-of-seven series and facing another game at the hostile hockey environs of the RBC Center on Friday in Game 4, some of the more experienced Cup veterans know that their next game is the biggest of the postseason. The Black and Gold have become their own worst enemy when it comes to offensive miscues and forcing the play, and they’ve given their Carolina Hurricane foes a dangerous gift: hope.
Hope came in the form of a 3-2 OT win for the Canes over the B’s in Game 3 on Wednesday night.
After shutting the B’s down on the Garden ice in Game 2 and pulling out a dominant overtime victory on Wednesday night in Game 3, the Bruins skaters should be armed and ready to handle everything that North Carolina has to offer. It’s a pivotal game in the series, and it’s vital that Boston come away with the victory and keep a potential elimination game at bay.
The B’s announced that there won’t be any practice on Thursday and there will be no media availability for the Bruins skaters — only Claude Julien  will be available at the team hotel. The Bruins are most certainly circling the wagons and putting everything into 60 minutes of playoff hockey on Friday.
“We’ll regroup tomorrow and talk about things,” said Carolina forward Mark Recchi . “It’s desperate times now. We don’t want to go down 3-1. We’re going to have to play the best game of the year on Friday. But we’ll come out tomorrow as a group and talk about things, and try and build on some positive things that have happened.
“We’re going to have to work hard. We’ve got to get to the level that (the Hurricanes) are at right away. We’re throwing pucks away and not handling pucks. That’s not our game. Puck possession is a pretty big part of the Bruins game, and we’ve got to be very strong and very composed. I think guys are starting to realize that we have to play the best game of the year on Friday to tie this thing up.”