Friday Night and we have the Boston Bruins visiting the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA in what is Do Or Die for the Flyers and Win To Move On for the Bruins.
One of Boston's most productive Centers, David Krecji will not be returning to the ice for the remainder of the playoffs after receiving a crushing blow from Mike Richards as he was advancing out of the Bruins' blue line which lead to Miroslav Satan to get the GWG of the game. Earlier reports were all over the place but I decided to wait and we all got final word that Krecji's injury was a dislocated wrist that required surgery which he had in Baltimore. the good news is that he should be ready to play next season in September.
This happened within the first 5 minutes of the game so hopefully early-in-the-game injuries are not a trend for the Bruins as Marci Sturm injured his ACL and MCL while trying to finish a check in his first shift of Game 1.
Even after the injury, Boston did play a good defensive game and cashed in on the opportunities when it presented itself including an empty netter from a bad clearing attempt by Patrice Bergeron.
I don't expect the Flyers to be down 3 games and just give away game 4. I'm expecting a punishing game and the Bruins had better expect it as well. If not the series, pride will be on the line for the Flyers. They will try to make it a series after that if they can pull a win.
Discipline will be the name of the game here if the Bruins will want to win this game but with the likes of Hartnell and Carcillo, this will not be easy as these two players alone can cause enough havoc for even the most respected Lady Bing Trophy winners to lose it from time to time. I'm guessing the agitators will be agitating at their best. If the Flyers want to win, they will need to play a patient game as the aggressive fore checking was almost doing it for them, but the Bruins seem to have an answer for it. the Satan and Bergeron goals proved that if you fore check too aggressively, you can leave your goalie out to dry.
All but Game 3 were close and could have went either way but the Bruins found a way to out defend and out goal tend the Flyers.
Do I expect the Bruins to sweep? Most likely not. Can it happen? Mostly likely yes. It's a tossup.
See ya after the game.