Coming off a key win in their playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins stopped in Lake Placid to regroup on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Bruins are down two games to one in the series, but bounced back Monday night with a key 4-2 victory over the Habs.
The Bruins took advantage of Montreal's proximity to Lake Placid, where players found some peace and quiet before Game 4.
Countless hockey players have taken to the ice here at the Olympic Center over the years, but the Boston Bruins are the first professional team to practice in Lake Placid while chasing Lord Stanley's Cup.
The team's coaching staff opted to take the team to Lake Placid for a pair of off days rather than stay in Montreal, where the city's bright lights, bustling night life, and rabid fans provide plenty of distractions for a visiting team.
Future hall-of-famer Mark Recchi plays right wing for the Bruins and appreciates the peace and quiet that exists in Lake Placid this time of year.
"It was a great day yesterday and we got some stuff accomplished yesterday, but it was more relaxation than anything," he said. "We're in a beautiful place here. We had a good couple days here and now we'll go back to Montreal, have a good dinner, and get ready for tomorrow."
Bruins head coach Claude Julien says his players are now ready to build off their Game 3 victory.
"I think what we wanted to accomplish was to get a little rest here and have a quality practice before heading back to Montreal," he said. "The guys had a chance to walk around yesterday and they seemed really relaxed. We enjoyed the few days we spent here, it was a positive trip."
It's nearly impossible to talk hockey in Lake Placid without mentioning the Miracle on Ice.