After winning the first two games of the series in Boston, the Bruins won again at the Wachovia Center in Philly against the Flyers. The B’s rookie goaltender, Tuukka Rask was at the top of his game, leading Boston to a dominating 4-1 victory. This win puts Boston in position to claim its first Conference Finals appearance in 18 seasons. The only negative in the contest for Boston was losing center David Krejci early in the first period, after only 2:25 of playing time.
Unlike the first two games in the best of seven series, the Flyers struck first. Just 2:32 into the game, right winger Aaron Asham scored close up from the right off a pass from fellow winger Claude Giroux. After that Tuukka Rask was at the top of his game and the Flyers offense went stagnant. The Bruins are used to playing behind, having given up the first goal in five of their six opening round games against the Buffalo Sabres. They were victorious in three of those five, and won this one too. Less than two minutes later Blake Wheeler tied the game at 1-1 on a tip in, and just 1:34 after that Miroslav Satan put Boston ahead on a backhander that beat Philadelphia goaltender Brian Boucher.
After a scoreless second period, the Broons continued their onslaught. Mark Recchi netted a power play goal just 2:30 into the period that absolutely sucked the life out of the building. 15 minutes later, the Flyers pulled Boucher, but turned the puck over immediately. Assistant captain Patrice Bergeron converted on the open netter and sealed it for Boston. Zdeno Chara played a great game defensively for the B’s, setting the tone with big hits and clearing the puck to avoid second and third chance opportunities for the Flyers. The Bruins look to break out the broom Friday night for Game 4 in Philly.