Boston Bruins Finish Off Historical Collapse As Philadelphia Flyers Advance

Ryan PickardCorrespondent IMay 14, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 14:  The  Boston Bruins sit near their bench as the Philadelphia Flyers celebrate the win in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 14, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Flyers defeated the Bruins 4-3.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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You guys are going to have to give me a minute here. I'm still in utter shock and disbelief at what I just saw. The Boston Bruins have just blown three games to none series lead to the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Bruins now join a very exclusive club becoming just the third team in NHL history to blow a 3-0 series lead and lose in seven games. They join the 1942 Detroit Red Wings and 1975 Pittsburgh Penguins as the only teams to fail to clinch after leading by three games.

What makes this loss even more amazing is that the Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the third period. Michael Ryder got the scoring started after doing a turn around and putting the puck through Michael Leighton's five hole.

Milan Lucic would add another two and the Bruins looked like they were going to advance to their first Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1992. But the hockey gods and the Flyers decided that wasn't going to happen.

Philadelphia got a goal late in the period and from then on it was all Flyers. They scored another two in the second to tie it and then late in the third Simone Gagne finished off the miraculous comeback.

After the Bruins loss in OT of Game Seven last year to the Carolina Hurricanes most people didn't think it could get much worse but it did. When the B's scored their third goal I along with many other Bruins fans were expecting them to be heading to the Eastern Conference Finals. I don't think many can even believe what just happened.

Right now the one and only thing that can console Bruins fans is that they will have the number two pick when the draft rolls around on June 25 and 26. The B's should expect to have a busy offseason as they should try to go out and get another goal scorer along with having to decide which free agents they are going to resign but I will save that for another time.

Right now all the Bruins have to blame is themselves. After playing some of their best hockey for the first three games they suddenly stopped playing all together. Guys were getting beat out to loose pucks, they had stopped getting traffic in front of the net, and I could go on. Simply put Boston has to take a long look in the mirror and think just what could have been if they had given consistent effort for a full 60 minutes instead of playing for one period and then packing it in.

It is going to take a long time to get over this loss. The Bruins will now forever be known in history as one of the only teams to blow a 3-0 series lead and that is not the end of history one wants to be on. Hopefully the Bruins will be able to move on from this loss, take some time off, and then began to get ready for next season. If they play with this kind of heart it won't be a very fun season.

For now Bruins fans will just have to remember that this team squeaked into the playoffs and weren't expected to make it to the second round let alone take it all the way till Game Seven. Making it this far was an accomplishment in itself.

One last thing to add Versus who was covering the game tonight should be ashamed of themselves. As soon as the horn sounded they panned to a young nine year old boy who was crying while his father tried to console him. Next time why don't you just stick to showing the players.