If the Bruins lose, they will become only the third team in NHL history to lose a best-of-seven series after having a three-game lead, joining the 1942 Detroit Red Wings and 1975 Pittsburgh Penguins. While the B's claim they’re not concerned with being on the wrong side of history, they simply don’t want their season to end.
"I don’t know about history and all that, really, but we just don’t want to be golfing after this game," said defenseman Dennis Wideman.
The TD Garden will be rocking on Friday. The question is, will the Bruins be ready to go, or ready to hit the links?
The Bruins and Flyers are tied 3-3 after a monster comeback by the Flyers, who once trailed 3-0.
The Bruins beat the Flyers 2-1 in overtime in the 2010 Winter Classic and were 2-1-1 against them this regular season, their other win coming at Philadelphia on March 11.Philadelphia won 4-3 in a shootout at the Wachovia Center on Oct. 22 and 3-1 at the TD Garden on Dec. 14.
The Bruins and the Flyers are meeting in the playoffs for just the fifth time in their postseason histories, and for 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 Raskis 7-5 with a 2.49 GAA and a .916 save percentage. Rask made 25 saves in a 2-1 loss in Game 6 and has lost three straight for the first time since since he went 0-4-2 Jan. 4 through Feb. 6. During the regular season, Rask was 22-12-5 with a league-leading 1.97 GAA and a .931 save percentage to go with five shutouts.
Tim Thomas has not yet played in the playoffs. He was 16-18-8 with a 2.55 GAA, a .915 save percentage and five shutouts this season.
Michael Leighton is 1-0-0 with a 0.63 GAA and a .978 save percentage this postseason. Leighton relieved the injured Brian Boucher in Game 5 and made 14 saves. Leighton was 17-9-2 with a 2.83 GAA and a .903 save percentage in the regular season.
Johan Backlund has not played in the playoffs. He was 0-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA and a .917 save percentage this season.
Boucher is 6-4 with a 2.33 GAA and a .915 save percentage in the playoffs. Boucher was 9-18-3 with a 2.76 GAA and a .899 save percentage. He had one shutout.
Blake Wheeler–Patrice Bergeron–Mark Recchi
Milan Lucic–Marc Savard–Miroslav Satan
Daniel Paille/Brad Marchand–Vladimir Sobotka–Michael Ryder
Steve Begin–Trent Whitfield–Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara–Johnny Boychuk
Matt Hunwick–Dennis Wideman
Andrew Ference–Mark Stuart
Simon Gagne–Mike Richards–Daniel Carcillo
Scott Hartnell–Danny Briere–Ville Leino
James van Riemsdyk–Claude Giroux–Arron Asham
Daroll Powe–Blair Betts–Andreas Nodl
Matt Carle–Chris Pronger
Kimmo Timonen–Braydon Coburn
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The Bruins played a much better Game 6 than Game 5, showing more heart and effort in their 2-1 loss. The problem is that this isn’t the time of year to be correcting your game. But, if the Bruins can build off their Game 6 effort, they should at least give themselves a chance to win.
Anything can happen in a Game 7, and right now — more than ever — the Bruins need a team-wide commitment to being at their best.