The Bruins are in Philadelphia Wednesday with a chance to take a 3-0 lead. Boston has come out on top of two one-goal games but both games could’ve gone either way and with the Flyers on home ice, they’re not going to fold and let the B’s take that three-game lead.
There was plenty of extracurricular activity in Game 2 at Boston's TD Garden, from biting to dives to threats. This will indeed carry over to Game 3, which promises to be another fierce Eastern Conference Semifinal affair.
The Bruins lead the series 2-0 after a 3-2 win in Game 2.
The Bruins beat the Flyers 3-2 in overtime in the 2010 Winter Classic and were 2-1-1 against them this season. Philadelphia won 4-3 in a shootout at Wachovia Center on October 22 and 3-1 at TD Garden on December 14. The Bruins' other win over the Flyers was a 5-1 victory at Philadelphia on March 11.
The Bruins and Flyers are meeting in the playoffs for just the fifth time in their postseason histories, and the first time since 1978. Each team has won two of the previous four series, which all took place over a five-year span in the 1970s (1974, 1976, 1977, 1978).
Tuukka Rask is 6-2 with a 2.32 GAA and .932 save percentage. He was 22-12-5 this season with a League-leading 1.97 goals-against average and .931 save percentage to go with five shutouts.
Tim Thomas has not played in the playoffs so far. He was 16-18-8 with a 2.55 GAA, .915 save percentage and five shutouts this season.
Brian Boucher is 4-3 with a 2.21 GAA and .923 save percentage in the playoffs. Boucher was 9-18-3 with a 2.76 GAA and .899 save percentage. He had one shutout.
Johan Backlund has not played in the playoffs. He was 0-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA and .917 save percentage this season.
Daniel Paille–Patrice Bergeron–Mark Recchi
Milan Lucic–David Krejci–Miroslav Satan
Vladimir Sobotka–Marc Savard–Michael Ryder
Blake Wheeler–Steve Begin–Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Hunwick–Dennis Wideman
Andrew Ference–Adam McQuaid
Dan Carcillo–Mike Richards–Claude Giroux
Scott Hartnell–Danny Briere–Ville Leino
James van Riemsdyk–Jared Ross–Arron Asham
Andreas Nodl–Blair Betts–Darroll Powe
Matt Carle–Chris Pronger
Kimmo Timonen–Braydon Coburn
Ryan Parent–Lukas Krajieck
The Flyers are going to throw everything but the kitchen sink at the Bruins but the B's plan to initiate their own attack. To do so, they will need to score the first goal for the fourth straight game. But this time the Bruins will try to hold onto that lead and build from it. That will be key on the road as they try to quiet what promises to be a raucous Wachovia Center crowd.