The Boston Bruins headed into the Wachovia Center in The City Of Brotherly Love to take on the Philadelphia Flyers in a pivotal Game 3. The Bruins' mission is to win at least one on the road. The Flyers' mission is two-fold; get this game and make it a series and get Game 4 to tie it up.
After the game, Boston's mission had changed. Finish it in Game 4 on the road.
Philadelphia's Arron Asham scores first to take a 1-0 lead, things were looking up for the Flyers as this is the first time in this series that they scored first.
The lead was short lived as 1:41 later, Wheeler tips a shot past Boucher to knot it at 1.
Miroslav Satan continues to dazzle as he puts the Bruins up 2-1 just 1:34 after Wheeler's goal. Satan skates into the Flyers' zone untouched and he faked out Boucher and slips it past the Flyers' netminder's left skate.
The goal did come with a price. As David Krejci was moving up the ice, Mike Richards had him dead to rights and cleaned his clock at the Bruins' blue line. He did not return and the report on his condition will be made public later. Adam McQuaid was also hurt in an earlier play in the first period and also did not return.
No scoring in the middle frame.
Boston goes in the power play on Asham's tripping penalty on Matt Hunwick and they made the Flyers pay. Chara rips a shot from the slot/point and it goes off Chris Pronger which it lands fortuitously to the left of Boucher but just out of reach but not so for Mark Recchi. The wily veteran pots it over the left pad of Boucher giving the Bruins a commanding 3-1 lead.
Boston put on a Neutral Zone Defense Clinic and limited the chances for the Flyers while the Flyers were try virtually the entire game to fore check aggressively with Boucher on the bench to get the extra attacker on in hopes of bringing the game within 1. The fore checking did not pay off when Patrice Bergeron ended up intercepting an advancing pass and he scores on the empty net to give a final score of 4-1 for a Boston win.
A combination of the Bruins' defense play with good puck control and sacrificing the body with 21 blocked shots and stellar play by Goaltender Tuukka Rask resulted in allowing only 1 goal in 35 shots.
The very things that Boston needed to borne success against a physical team such as the Flyers were executed and while the physical and chippy play were there for both sides, only a total of six penalties were called on both teams (four on Boston and two on Philadelphia) and the Bruins cashed in with a 50% success rate on the PP for the night. The Flyers came up empty on the man advantage.
Game 4 is coming up and The Boston Bruins are looking to sweep the Philadelphia Flyers but I wouldn't count on that happening. See you Friday.
This is Cory Ducey saying "Hit Hard, But Keep It Clean."