Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 4: Boston Finishes Off Philadelphia, 5-1

Johnny Boychuk scored the game-winner in the third period and Milan Lucic netted his first goal of the playoffs as the Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-1, on Friday night at TD Garden, finishing off a four-game semifinal sweep. Read more at SB Nation Philly and our team blogs, Stanley Cup of Chowder and Broad Street Hockey.

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Flyers Vs. Bruins: Boston Takes Commanding 3-0 Lead On Philadelphia

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - A year later, the Boston Bruins find themselves in the same position against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Zdeno Chara had two goals and an assist, David Krejci added a goal and two assists and Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist to give Boston a 5-1 win and a 3-0 lead in this Eastern Conference semifinal series.

The Bruins were in nearly the same situation in last year's conference semifinal series after winning the first two games at home and taking Game 3 in Philadelphia.

However, the Bruins went on to lose the next three games and blew a 3-0 lead in Game 7 to become just the third team in NHL history to drop a seven-game series after going up three games to none.

The Bruins will look to exorcise last year's demons Friday in Game 4 in Boston, and can do so with another strong performance from goaltender Tim Thomas, who stopped 37 shots Wednesday.

"I think we all feel pretty good about our game right now and confident," said Boston forward Daniel Paille, who had a goal in the game. "So the main thing for us is not to get too high and stay focused."

Andrej Meszaros scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who pulled their starting goaltender for the fifth time in 10 playoff games.

Brian Boucher started between the pipes and was blitzed for two goals in the first 63 seconds. He wound up allowing four goals on 20 shots before being pulled just over 15 minutes into the second. Sergei Bobrovsky finished the game in net and stopped 7-of-8 shots.

The Bruins came out with the blitz and scored twice in 63 seconds to take a lead they never relinquished.

The first goal came at the 30 second mark as quick work in the Philly end resulted in a backhand pass behind the left side of the net to the front where Chara blasted it home for his first goal of the playoffs.

Moments later, a behind the back pass from Milan Lucic in the low right boards to the front saw Krejci one-time the puck home for a 2-0 lead.

"Yeah, it's not the start that we envisioned and you know you want to get off to a good start and it didn't happen today," said Boucher.

Thomas stopped 12 shots in the first period.

Boston made it a 3-0 contest at the 13:39 mark of the second as a transition play saw Greg Campbell send a pass from the right to the left and Paille snap a shot into the right corner of the net.

Just under two minutes later, Horton skated through the middle and over to the inside right circle before slipping a shot between the pads of Boucher, who was pulled from the net and replaced by Bobrovsky.

Philly got on the board with 3:34 to play in the second on Meszaros' second goal of the playoffs, a wrister from down low at the left side.

Thomas, though, stopped 12 shots in the final period as Philly was unable to cut any further into its deficit.

To add insult to injury, Boston scored on a 5-on-3 power play with 1:22 to play when Chara's one-time blast from the top of the left circle sailed into the net.

It was the first time in the playoffs that Boston had scored on the man advantage. The team came into Game 3 0-for-28 on the power play in its previous nine contests this postseason.

Chara was plus-four in the contest...It was the quickest two goals to start a game in Boston playoff history. Also, it was the fastest two goals allowed by the Flyers to start a playoff game...Boston hasn't reached the conference finals since 1992...Philadelphia defenseman Chris Pronger sat out for a second straight game while forward Jeff Carter returned after missing the final three games of the first round the first two games of this series with a knee injury.


Flyers Vs. Bruins: Boston Goes For 3-0 Series Lead Wednesday Night

The Boston Bruins will look to take a 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night at TD Garden (7 p.m. Versus). Of course, that's all-too-familiar territory for the Bruins and Flyers. 

It was only last year Philly came all the way back to win four straight to become just the third team in NHL history to win a series after going down 3-0. More ominous news for the Bruins: the Bruins have lost seven best-of-seven series after taking the first two games, including last year's collapse. In fact, their series win over the Montreal Canadiens in this year's quarterfinal was the first time Boston had ever overcome a 2-0 deficit.

So consider Wednesday night, and this series, their shot at redemption -- with two wins, they can put an end to any chances of another comeback, and an end to the Flyers' season. 

"Yeah, it's great to come in and get the two wins but we are far from done," said [Chris] Kelly. "Obviously, Montreal did this same thing to us and we know they are going to come hard in Boston."

Brian Boucher, despite getting pulled in Game 1 and suffering a hand injury in Game 2, is expected in net for the Flyers. Although Boston is just two wins away from reaching the conference finals for the first time since 1992, the Bruins have still yet to record a power-play goal in these playoffs. Boston was 0-for-2 with the man advantage on Monday and has failed to score on 28 power-play chances in nine games.


Bruins Vs. Flyers: David Krejci's Overtime Goal Gives Boston 2-0 Series Lead

They needed overtime and an amazing 52 save (!) from Tim Thomas, but the Boston Bruins won another game on the road Monday night, beating the Philadelphia Flyers in OT, 3-2, to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

The game-winning goal came 14:0 into the extra time, and it took a bit before the Bruins had even learned they officially won.

David Krejci's one-time on a pass from Nathan Horton rocketed past Sergei Bobrovskybut the immediate ruling was that the puck had hit the back pipe

The goal was initially waved off, but at the next whistle the play was reviewed. Replay showed the puck hit the rear brace of the net before ricocheting back into play, giving Boston the win and a 2-0 lead in the best- of-seven series.

Chris Kelly and Brad Marchand each had a goal in regulation while Tim Thomas stopped 52 shots for the Bruins, who will return home for the next two games with Game 3 set for Wednesday.

James van Riemsdyk had both goals for the Flyers, who fell to 2-4 at home in these playoffs.

Brian Boucher left in the second period with an apparent hand injury, but came back for the third and played the rest of the game. He allowed all three goals on 35 shots while Sergei Bobrovsky stopped all six shots he faced in nearly nine minutes of action in the middle session.

The series shifts to Boston for Game 3, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. 

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