Bostonians should know better than anybody that a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series isn’t the end.
That might explain why the Bruins keep saying they haven’t done anything yet. After all, the Flyers could potentially do to them what the Red Sox did to the Yankees in 2004.
History suggests otherwise, since the only NHL teams to climb out of that hole are the ’42 Maple Leafs and ’75 Islanders. But don’t tell that to the B’s, who can close out the Flyers on Friday and advance to the East finals.
“When you’re up 3-0 obviously it’s nice feeling, but you kind of get leery,” Boston’s Mark Recchi said, “because they’re still at home and they’re not going to quit. They’ve got nothing to lose, and there’s too many good players and leaders in that dressing room for them to pack it in.’’
Already without Marco Sturm, the B’s learned yesterday that center David Krejci is done for the season after dislocating his wrist Wednesday. So the sooner Boston can finish off the Flyers, the better.
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“We’ve found a way to win three games, but that doesn’t win you a series,” Patrice Bergeron said. “They’re going to come out really desperate. We have to match that.”
Coach Claude Julien seems confident they will. “It’s just understanding that that last game is always the toughest to win, and we know that,” he said.