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Behind 34 saves from the masterful performance of Tuukka Rask, the Boston Bruins have pushed the Philadelphia Flyers to the brink of elimination, after quieting the raucous Wachovia Center crowd with a 4-1 win in Game 3. Boston now enjoys a commanding 3-0 series lead and can close the Flyers out with just one more win, with their first chance being on Friday in Game 4. But, they’ll have to do it with out the services of David Krejci, who’s reportedly out for the rest of the series and season with a broken wrist.
Philly earned themselves their first lead of the series early on in this one, as Arron Asham beat Rask on the glove side just 2:32 into the game.
But the Bruins would answer back, and never look back.
The Flyers enjoyed their short-lived lead for less than two minutes, as Blake Wheeler potted his first career playoff goal, slipping one past Brian Boucher to even the score at one a piece. Just 94 seconds later, it was the red hot Miroslav Satan who would score what would turn out to be the game-winner, finishing a solo breakaway with his fifth goal of the playoffs. The goal extended Miro’s playoff point streak to six games.
Earlier on that goal-scoring play, however, a Mike Richards hit spelled doom for Boston’s David Krejci. Krejci appeared to be nursing his shoulder initially as he left the ice for good after just two shifts. He visited an area hospital and was diagnosed with a broken wrist, likely ending his series and season. Defenseman Adam McQuaid was also lost in the first period of this game, with an apparent lower body injury.
The scoring for Boston continued in the third, as veteran winger Mark Recchi notched the third Bruins goal on the evening, tucking the rebound from a Zdeno Chara slapper past Boucher to give the B’s some breathing room. Patrice Bergeron added an empty-netter in the final moments of the game, sealing the deal for the Black and Gold, while leaving the Flyers searching for answers.
With just one more win, the Bruins can advance to their first Eastern Conference finals since 1992. They know it won’t be easy, especially with the possible loss of two more bruised Bruins, but with just one more nail to put in the Flyers’ coffin, fans can’t help but have a rosy outlook when thinking about this team and what seems to be the inevitable outcome of this series.