Philadelphia Flyers on the Brink in Game Four

Bill SudellContributor IMay 7, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 05:  Brian Boucher #33 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on in the third period against the Boston Bruins in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wachovia Center on May 5, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Bruins defeated the Flyers 4-1 to take a three games to one lead in the series.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Despite a solid effort in Game Three, the Flyers find themselves on the brink of elimination Friday night against the Bruins.
 
When Arron Asham opened the scoring at 2:32 of the first period Wednesday, it marked the first time in the series the Flyers had the lead. Unfortunately for the Orange and Black, the lead lasted only 1:39 before Blake Wheeler beautifully tipped home a Matt Hunwick shot/pass from the point.
 
While the Flyers could easily be up 3-0 in this series themselves, give the Bruins credit. They played a great road game in Game Three, withstanding the home team's initial surge and capitalizing on their own chances.
 
Philadelphia outshot Boston 35-19 for the game, including 23-11 over the final two periods. In the third, the Flyers held an 8-2 shot advantage, but the Bruins scored on both of theirs.
 
Unofficially, the Flyers had 71 shot attempts to Boston's 31 for the game.
 
Tuukka Rask stood tall in net for the B's, but his teammates helped him out with 21 blocked shots, including five by Johnny Boychuk.


 
Down 3-0

The Flyers have been down 3-0 in a seven-game series six times in their history. Only once have they been able to win Game 4 and that was in the 2008 Eastern Conference Final against Pittsburgh which ended up going five games.
 
Boston is 16-0 in series they're up 3-0.
 
Only twice in NHL history have teams come back from this deficit to win the series.
 
The 1975 Islanders came back against the Penguins and the 1942 Maple Leafs did it in the Final against Detroit


 
Injuries

If the Flyers had been able to pull out a win Wednesday, they may have been able to make the Bruins pay over the course of a long series with injuries.
 
Just before the Miroslav Satan goal gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead, Mike Richards drilled David Krejci with an open ice hit that it turns out, dislocated the Boston center's wrist. 
 
Krejci has four goals and four assists through nine playoff games, third-most behind Satan and Patrice Bergeron.
 
Krejci underwent surgery that night at Baltimore's Union Memorial Hospital.
 
Krejci had been centering Satan and Milan Lucic on the team's most dangerous offensive line. Krejci was also the quarterback on the No. One power-play unit on the left side half boards, while also seeing plenty of penalty-killing time.
 
Either Trent Whitfield or Brad Marchand, who have been healthy scratches throughout the playoffs, will replace Krejci.

Defenseman Adam McQuaid also left early with a leg injury and is 'very doubtful' for Game Four.
 
Mark Stuart is skating, but has yet to be cleared medically. If Stuart receives clearance, he would fill in for McQuaid. If not, Andy Wozniewski, Andrew Bodnarchuk, and Jeff Penner are candidates to fill in.
 
Krejci played only three shifts and 2:25 of ice time before the injury and McQuaid two shifts and 1:49 before being injured.
 
Simon Gagne was back skating at Flyers' practice and is expected to be back for Game 4 after being out with a fractured right big toe.


 
Ovation for Lappy

Ian Laperriere was shown on the big screen during Game 3 and received a tremendous ovation from the Philly crowd.



Inside the Numbers

- Asham's goal made him only the fifth different Flyer to score during the series.

- The Flyers fell to 4-6 overall in Game 3s at home when down 0-2 in a series (Including best-of-five series).

- James van Riemsdyk had a game-high seven shots and Darroll Powe a game-high seven hits in Game 3.

- Dennis Wideman led both teams with 28:37 of ice time. Chris Pronger topped the Flyers with 27:54.

- Satan's goal gave him a six game playoff scoring streak (5-4-9).

- Patrice Bergeron was successful again in the faceoff circle Wednesday, going 14-11. Bergeron is now 42-23 in faceoffs over the three games.

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