Historic Collapse Sends Bruins Into Hibernation

B’s Give Up Lead To Lose In Game 7

A too many men on the ice penalty seemingly cost the Boston Bruins their Stanley Cup aspirations on Friday night as the Bruins gave up a 3-0 series, and Game 7, lead as the Philadelphia Flyers won 4-3 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Although the costly third period, too many men on the ice, penalty and subsequent Simon Gagne goal, sunk the Bruins dreams of meeting the Montreal Canadiens, it was the lack of effort and play in Game’s 4 and 5 that ended the season for Claude Julien’s squad.

The Bruins came out physical in the first period and it showed on the scoreboard as goals by Milan Lucic (2) and Michael Ryder put the B’s in front 3-0 with just over five minutes remaining in the first period.  However, a goal by James van Riemsdyk with just under three minutes left opened the door for the Flyers comeback.

Philadelphia scored two quick goals in the second period to knot things up at three goals a piece and the score remained the same until Gagne’s power play goal late in the third period.

After the quick start, the Bruins fell flat on their face as they started to skate soft and make mistakes in the defensive zone.  Julien’s team couldn’t quite emulate the fire they had in the first fifeteen minutes of the game and now the B’s can watch the rest of the playoffs from the comforts of their living room.

The Boston Bruins join the 1942 Detroit Red Wings and 1975 New York Islanders as the third team in NHL history to lose a playoff series after being up 3-0.

The Flyers will face off against the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference finals starting Sunday.

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