The Boston Bruins will have home-ice advantage for Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but forward Brad Marchand made it clear Sunday that TD Garden does not have his favourite surface to skate on.
The Bruins are 1-2 on home ice in the first-round series, though Marchand believes the quality of the ice in Boston has played a factor.
"They've played really well in our building so far this series and the ice has been terrible there so we might as well play with a tennis ball, skate around and see who can bounce one in the net,” Marchand said, per NBC Boston.
The 30-year-old forward has four goals and nine points through six games in the series, though three of those goals and six points have come on the road at Scotiabank Arena.
The Bruins, who finished the regular season 49-24-9, posted a 29-9-3 record on home ice this season.
Game 7 will take place Tuesday, with the winner of the series advancing to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round.