The promos for the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs have the tagline “History will be made.” Last night, the Philadelphia Flyers had a chance to make history with a comeback the likes of which has only been made twice. Down 0-3 to the Boston Bruins, the Flyers have rhymed off three straight wins. Could they complete the comeback and become the third team to win a playoff series from down three?
Philadelphia 4 @ Boston 3 – This game was a strange microcosm for the series. The Bruins jumped out from with three straight goals to open the game up. Just when it looked like the Flyers were done before the game started, James van Riemsdyk cut the lead to two late in the first. They managed to tie the game in the second period setting up a final period in the final game of the series to determine a winner. It seemed only appropriate that the series end this way. It was also oddly appropriate how the Flyers got their series-clinching goal. For the 33rd time this post-season, a team was caught with too many men on the ice. Appropriately, it was the Bruins who have long been synonymous with the too many men call suffered under the leadership of Don Cherry. On the power play, it was Simon Gagne who won the game for the Broad Street Bullies. They’ll move on to take on the Montreal Canadiens and the red-hot Jaroslav Halak. After a long break between series, the Flyers have two days to rest. Now the question is how they will be affected this time.
Philadelphia wins the series 4-3
Three Stars of the Night:
1. Simon Gagne (Philadelphia) – 1 goal
2. Milan Lucic (Boston) – 2 goals
3. Danny Briere (Philadelphia) – 1 goal, 1 assist
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