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History will be made on Friday night at the TD Garden. We just don’t know whether that history will be good, or very, very bad.
With their third opportunity to close out their second-round series with Philly, the Bruins reverted back to the days of offensive anemia, failing to bury the puck in key opportunities, making Flyers goalie Michael Leighton look like Patrick Roy.
And so, Game 6 went in favor of the Flyers Wednesday night. With the 2-1 win, Boston is forced into a “win or go home” game Friday night on home ice, after enjoying what seemed to be a comfortable 3-0 series lead.
The scoring got started when Philly captain Mike Richards tucked a rebound past Tuukka Rask through heavy traffic, lighting the lamp and giving the Flyers the early 1-0 lead. Philly got on the board again in the second, after silly penalties by Marc Savard and Mark Stuart put the B’s in a 4-on-3 shorthanded situation. Daniel Briere tallied his sixth playoff goal, beating Rask glove side, and giving Philadelphia what seemed like an insurmountable 2-0 advantage.
The Bruins did finally make it interesting in the final minutes, when Milan Lucic shoved the puck through Leighton’s five-hole to bring the B’s back within one, with just one minute remaining. The Lucic goal broke a scoreless streak that extended to over 134 minutes of play.
Boston had their chances in the final minute, but Leighton and the Flyers turned them away, solidifying the 2-1 home win, and sending the series back to Boston for a decisive Game 7 on Friday.
If Philly wins, it’ll mark only the third time in NHL history that a team comes back from an 0-3 series deficit to win. It hasn’t been done since the ’75 Islanders achieved the feat.
The winner of Friday’s tilt will face off with the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Finals. Montreal, the East’s eighth-seed, advanced on Wednesday with a surprising 5-2 win over the defending champs, the Pittsburgh Penguins.