2011 NHL Playoffs, Bruins Vs. Flyers: Boston Hopes To Exact Revenge After 2010's Epic Collapse

There's no secret when it comes to the main storyline of 2011's NHL playoff series between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers.

A year ago, the Flyers became just the third team in NHL history to return from a 3-0 series deficit to win a playoff series in seven games, and they did it against the Bruins in the Conference Semifinals.

Now in 2011, the teams face off yet again in the second round, but this time, a few things are different. It was the battle of the No. 6 and No. 7 seeds in 2010, but this year, each team has been considered a strong favorite for the Stanley Cup at various points. Nothing has changed now that we're in the playoffs, even if both teams are supposed to get out of the East with different styles.

Both teams are all about balance. The Bruins have strong depth at forward and decent depth on defense, mostly thanks to a few midseason acquisitions. The Flyers are probably a deeper team at both forward and defense, but the big, clear edge Boston holds is in goal, where Tim Thomas reigns supreme.

Brian Boucher holds the same position for Philadelphia, but that wasn't all that clear cut as late as the start of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Buffalo. It's been a roller coaster -- as usual -- for the Flyers, but they believe that if they get simply decent goaltending, the rest of the club's strengths can take over.

Meanwhile, Thomas can obviously steal a game and even a series if he's up to the task, and so far in the 2010-11 season, the Vezina favorite has been up to every task that's been thrown his way. Still, though, even if the Bruins can't match the offensive attack the Flyers have, they're going to need to get more than what they mustered in the first round against Montreal. 

Series Schedule

Game 1: at Philadelphia - Saturday, April 30 - 3 p.m., NBC, CBC
Game 2: at Philadelphia - Monday, May 2 - 7:30 p.m., VERSUS, TSN
Game 3: at Boston - Wednesday, May 4 - 7 p.m., VERSUS, CBC
Game 4: at Boston - Friday, May 6 - 8 p.m., VERSUS, CBC
Game 5*: at Philadelphia - Sunday, May 8 -  3 p.m., NBC, CBC
Game 6*: at Boston - Tuesday, May 10 - TBD, VERSUS, CBC
Game 7*: at Philadelphia - Thursday, May 12 - TBD, VERSUS, CBC

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.