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The Bruins look to put the final nail in the Flyers’ coffin Friday, as they have their sights set on completing a four-game sweep at the Wachovia Center in Philly this evening. The Bruins are 16-0 all-time in series when leading 3-0, having swept 12 of the 16.
But while the Flyers have been losing games on the scoreboard, the Bruins have been losing healthy bodies on their roster. Just minutes into Game 1, the B’s lost their leading goal scorer Marco Sturm, who tore his ACL and MCL and is likely out for 6-8 months. Follow that with Wednesday night’s pair of injuries, one of which is a dislocated wrist to one of the team’s top point producers David Krejci, and the other a lower-body injury to defenseman Adam McQuaid. McQuaid is doubtful for Friday’s Game 4, while Krejci is gone for good, having undergone surgery on Thursday.
All of these bumps and bruises have caused head coach Claude Julien to juggle and rejuggle and rejuggle again, the lineup from game to game. He’ll likely get back defenseman Mark Stuart for Game 4, as he has been medically cleared to return to the lineup for the first time since April 1. He is considered a game-time decision, but look for him to be paired with Andrew Ference on the third defensive pairing Friday in McQuaid’s absence.
On the forward lines, you’ll see either Trent Whitfield or Brad Marchand inserted into the lineup, or actually, possibly both. Winger Shawn Thornton was unexpectedly absent from this morning’s team skate, so his availability for Friday’s game is left in question.
All this being said, the Bruins wouldn’t trade where they’re at right now for anything. Just one win stands between them and their first Eastern Conference finals appearance in 18 seasons.
Here we go with a few more pre-game notes to get you ready for Friday’s potential series clincher…