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This perfect picture is turning very blurry very fast for the Bruins. It would’ve been nice for them to come home and make it to the Eastern Conference Finals by beating the Philadelphia Flyers while in Boston. Well the champagne is going to have to wait at least another night.
As Boston fans, we expected the Bruins to put away the Flyers on Friday night, but a late overtime goal by Simon Gagne kept his team alive for Monday’s game. As if we weren’t cursing his name enough on Friday, he was again the hero for the Flyers on Monday night as he scored two goals on to a 4-0 victory for Philadelphia. The Bruins still lead the series 3-2, as Game Six heads back to Philadelphia.
One of the largest concerns for the Bruins should be the amount of power plays they gave the Flyers. Philly had the man advantage nine times during the game. That’s right, nine times!!! Granted, they only scored once but the Bruins cannot give any team that many opportunities ever. Especially in the playoffs. So they really need to go back and play smart hockey.
For the Flyers, starting goalie Brian Boucher injured his knee early in the second period after being on the bottom of a pileup in the crease. Prior to leaving the ice he stopped all nine shots-on-goal from the Bruins. Michael Leighton came in and finished off the shutout for Philly, as he stopped all 14 shots he saw.
Tuukka Rask was not as fortunate in goal as he has been the rest of the postseason. Rask stopped 27-of-31 shots on goal as he got the loss. There is still no indication on whether or not Tim Thomas will ever step on the ice.
Game Six will take place on Wednesday in Philadelphia. After starting the series off 3-0, it was hard to imagine that the Flyers would put up any fight, but it’s a series now and the Bruins really need to start playing smarter hockey, and getting the puck in the net. After figuring out how to score in all the other games during the playoffs, we can only hope they don’t hit a cold streak.