Well, that was not supposed to happen! The Flyers beat the Bruins, 4-0, last night in front of a stunned crowd at the TD Bank Garden. After quickly going up 3-0 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Bruins were expected to roll over the Flyers and close out the series in 4 games. If not 4 games, then 5.
A Game 6 should not have been an option, but let’s give credit, where credit is due. The Flyers have shown resilience in this series, capitalizing on an abundance of Bruins miscues and penalties. Last night the Bruins committed 10 penalties for 22 total minutes compared to the Flyer’s 4 penalties for 8 total minutes.
The Flyers even lost their starting goalie, Brian Boucher, to a left knee injury in the second period and they were still able to pull out the crucial road win to avoid elimination. Michael Leighton, back-up and former starting goalie, came into replace Boucher. Leighton stopped 14 shots in his first playoff appearance.
The Flyers deserve a Game 6.
Even though the Bruins still lead the series 3-2, the momentum has now shifted in the Flyer’s favor. Both teams are headed to Philadelphia to play Game 6 on Wednesday. Let’s hope the series ends there.