Boston Bruins: Lightning really can’t strike twice, can it?

The Boston Bruins find themselves in the exact same position they were in at this time last season-up 3-0 in their conference semifinal series with the Philadelphia Flyers.

After a convincing 5-1 win on Wednesday night at the TD Garden, the Bruins sent a big-time statement to the Flyers: don’t expect a fold job this year.

Zdeno Chara got the Garden crowd into it right away, taking a Brad Marchand pass and slamming home the opening salvo just 30 seconds in. Just 63 seconds later, Krejci scored, tallying his fourth goal of the series, and Flyers’ coach Peter Laviolette was forced to call a time-out just to stem the tide.

That tide never really ebbed, as the Bruins took it to the Flyers for the entire night, with fierce backchecking and authoritative hits that kept the local crowd energized.

Dan Shaughnessy said in the Boston Globe that “Tomorrow night at the Garden, the Boston Bruins will be the first team in the history of sports to face a “must-win’’ situation with a 3-0 series lead.”

Sorry, but I won’t go quite that far. However, it is on the minds of players nonetheless.

“We learned from last year, obviously,’’ said defenseman Johnny Boychuk. “The hardest game to win is the fourth game. But that was last year.”

Boychuk is right. That was last year. This year? Bruins take out the brooms on Friday night.

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