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NHL Playoffs: Bruins one step from victory ... again

For the second time in as many years, the Bruins are one win away from bouncing the Flyers and advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.

Here we go again.

For the second time in as many years, the Boston Bruins are one game away from bouncing the Philadelphia Flyers and advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.

Will this one actually work out?

It’d be easy to get overconfident.

Frankly, we wouldn’t blame you. After looking so-so in their Game 2 victory in Philly, the Bruins came out flying last night, scoring twice in the first 1:03 of their 5-1 triumph at the Garden.

The B’s are playing tough. The Flyers don’t appear to have a goalie who could stop a peewee player.

But still, you can’t forget last year, when Boston famously blew a 3-0 series lead against the very same Philadelphia team in this very round.

Last night, at least, provided some solace for B’s fans fearing more of the same.

Zdeno Chara beat the pathetic Brian Boucher just 30 seconds into the first period, and David Krejci netted his fifth goal of the postseason just 33 seconds later.

Daniel Paille and Nathan Horton scored in quick succession in the second. Horton’s goal — a simple flopper through the five hole — was the end of Boucher, who was pulled in favor of Sergei Bobrovsky.

Boucher posted an .800 save percentage for the game. He’s certainly no Tim Thomas, who stood up to most of what the Flyers threw at him in a 37-for-38 performance.

Game 4 is tomorrow night in Boston (8 p.m., VS., 98.5 FM). Game 5 — if necessary, and the Bruins certainly hope it won’t be — is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday in Philadelphia.

 
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