Flyers make history, stun Bruins 4-3 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals

Posted: May 15, 2010 in Flyers

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The Philadelphia Flyers made history by stunning the Boston Bruins 4-3 in both Game 7 and in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

Between the NHL, NBA, and MLB, only 3 teams were able to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the series (the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, the 1975 New York Islanders, and the 2004 Boston Red Sox.)

Until May 14, 2010.

Like the series, the Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period. It was at that point that Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette called his timeout with less than 5 minutes left  in the opening period.

One camera angle showed Laviolette telling his team “One goal this period.”

Laviolette’s wish came true shortly after the timeout when James vanRiemsdyk’s wrist shot trickled past Bruins goalie Tukka Rask to cut the lead to 3-1, much to the delight of the 11,000 Flyers fans that watched the game from the Wachovia Center.

After the intermission a seemingly new Flyers team took the ice and came out strong to start the second. Just under 3 minutes into the period, Scott Hartnell beat Tukka Rask with a backhand to cut the Bruins lead to 1. At this point the momentum had all but gone the Flyers way.

As far as the Flyers side of the ice went, after the first period, it was “Leights” out for the Bruins, as Michael Leighton was nothing short of spectacular in the second and third periods, stopping every Bruin shot that came his way.

Near the halfway point of the third period, the Flyers went on the power play after the Bruins were called for too many men on the ice.  At 12:52 of the third period, Simon Gagne, whose overtime goal in game 4 kept the Flyers season alive, struck again, this time firing a snap shot over Tukka Rask’s shoulder to give the Flyers their first lead of the game.

The Flyers were able to hold off the Bruins attack in the final seconds of the game to become just the 4th NHL/NBA/MLB team to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series.

NHL.com staff writer Brian Compton said it best: “The NHL vowed that history would be made in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. On Friday night, it was.”

The Flyers will take on the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Finals, beginning on Sunday night  in Philadelphia.

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