BOSTON, MA - MAY 04: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins is congratulated by teammates David Krejci #46 and Patrice Bergeron #37 in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 4 , 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 3: Boston Pushes Philadelphia To Brink (Again) With Big 5-1 Win

Another 0-3 series comeback? That's what it'll take the Philadelphia Flyers if they want to advance, as the Boston Bruins grabbed that lead with a big win in Game 3.

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Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 3: Philadelphia Pushed To The Brink Again

A year later, the Boston Bruins find themselves in the same position against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Zdeno Chara had two goals and an assist, David Krejci added a goal and two assists and Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist to give Boston a 5-1 win and a 3-0 lead in this Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey can't sugarcoat it, Philly played ugly.

Tonight's loss was ugly in just about every way, perhaps even uglier than the 7-3 loss in Game 1 against the Boston Bruins. You're likely going to read a lot about the Flyers effort and the inability to show up in such a huge game, but you're not going to get that here. 

They got off to a poor start and looked like they just weren't ready to play at 7:07 p.m at TD Garden tonight. But that's really so atypical of this Flyers team, isn't it? It's frustrating when we're so pumped up for the game, it starts, and it seems like the players themselves just don't care at all.

The silver lining for the Flyers is that they were in the same exact position last year, down 0-3, before coming all the way back to win the series. Can they give a repeat performance?

For more coverage, check in with Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey and Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder.


Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 3: Boston Blows Out Philadelphia, Gets Within One Win Of Conference Finals

It's a familiar position for the Boston Bruins, but with the way they've taken a 3-0 series lead over the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, it doesn't look like a comeback is coming this year.

The Bruins stomped all over the Flyers in Game 3, taking a quick 2-0 lead on goals from Zdeno Chara and David Krejci in the first 63 seconds of play. They were defensive miscues from the Flyers that led to each goal, and it obviously got Philadelphia behind the eight-ball rather quickly. 

But after things settled down, the Flyers seemed to play a bit better. Sustained offense seemed to escape them, but they got plenty of solid scoring chances on Tim Thomas. Solid defense and better goaltending kept those chances out of the net, and when a miscue from defenseman Danny Syvret turned a chance into a three-on-two rush, the Bruins scored and put the game out of reach.

By the end of the second period, it was 4-1 after another Boston goal and a too-little, too-late tally from Andrej Meszaros, and the worn down Flyers had nothing left to give in the third. Boston scored again to make it 5-1 on their first power play goal of the postseason. 

It's a 3-0 series lead, and this time, Game 4 will be played in Boston.


Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 3 Score: Philadelphia Gets On Board, But Boston's Cruising, 4-1

For a while there in the second period of Game 3 between the Philadelphia Flyers and Bruins in Boston, it looked like there was hope for the road team, trailing 2-0 but turning up the pace and getting more chances on Tim Thomas and the B's.

Then, with one quick decision by defenseman Danny Syvret, the tables turned and Boston pounced. Syvret had a chance to throw the puck on net from the top of the circle, but instead, he went for the pretty cross-ice pass and missed. Boston turned it into an odd-man rush and scored their third goal of the game, which certainly felt like a dagger for those in Philadelphia.

Less than two minutes later, Nathan Horton scored one that Brian Boucher should've had -- the only goal Boucher allowed that he had a chance to save, contrary to what you'll read elsewhere over the next 24 hours -- and with that, Sergei Bobrovksky entered the game. Andrej Meszaros scored late to make it 4-1. 

Technically speaking, Philly isn't completely toast just yet. With the offensive firepower they have, you can't ever count them out of a game, but let's be real: Tim Thomas isn't allowing four more goals tonight. 


Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 3 Score: Boston Grabs Quick Lead, Embarrasses Philadelphia In First Period

They were the fastest two goals allowed in playoff history for the Philadelphia Flyers. Just 63 seconds into the start of a must-win Game 3 against the Boston Bruins, goals from Zdeno Chara and David Krejci put Boston up 2-0, and put the Flyers firmly back on their heels.

It was evident from the drop of the puck that the Flyers weren't ready for the Bruins. The two goals aside, basically thanks to two giant miscues in the defensive end by Philadelphia, the Bruins just had a ton of jump in the entire first period. Somehow, they only out-hit Philly 15 to 14, but at least half of those hits were of the crushing, I'm-going-to-embarrass-you-on-national-television variety. 

The Flyers are off of their game, the TD Garden crowd is buzzing and the Bruins are following suit. There are still 40 minutes of hockey left and the Flyers have power play time on fresh ice to start the second period, but as of now, there's no reason to think another Philadelphia comeback is in order.


Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 3: Philadelphia Faces Must Win On Road In Boston

We know that an 0-3 comeback is rare, and it's almost impossible that one team can do it to another two years in a row. In other words, if the Philadelphia Flyers fall to the Boston Bruins in Game 3, they're likely not moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Thus, Wednesday night's game at TD Garden between the two clubs is a must-win for Philadelphia. After Game 2 in Philly on Monday night, that shouldn't seem too far-fetched. The Flyers completely dominated that game, especially in the third period and overtime, but were thwarted by the phenomenal goaltending of Tim Thomas.

For the Flyers, it's all about carry over. Can they keep that dominating offensive performance up? If they do, you have to think they'll have success, but it's also important to get to Thomas early before he settles in. In Game 2, the Flyers quickly scored two goals on Thomas but couldn't hold that lead, and Thomas turned it on during the tie game and Boston ultimately won it in overtime.

Brian Boucher will be in goal for Philadelphia, and Jeff Carter is expected to be back in the lineup for the Flyers as well. That should help them offensively, but overlooked is the defensive play of Carter which should help as well, even if he isn't at 100 percent health after a knee injury.

Adam McQuaid is out for the Bruins after injuring his neck on a failed check in Game 2. Shane Hnidy will replace him on the blueline. You can catch the action on Versus at 7 p.m. ET, and for more coverage, check in with Broad Street Hockey and Stanley Cup of Chowder.

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