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NHL Playoffs: Don’t fret Bruins fans ... It’s not last year

While the B’s collapsed in historic fashion in last year’s semis, there’s little indication history will repeat itself.

The Bruins have seen this all before.

Leading 2-0 in a best-of-seven series after winning the first two games on the road? That was Montreal’s seemingly steady perch in the conference quarterfinals two weeks ago.

Leading the Flyers 3-0 in a best-of-seven series? The Bruins were right there a year ago, and can be there again with a victory tonight in Game 3 of the conference semifinals.

But while the B’s collapsed in historic fashion in last year’s semis, and turned the tables on the Canadiens in this season’s series, there’s little indication history will repeat itself.

This time, the Bruins have goalie Tim Thomas on top of his game.

Since Game 2 of the conference quarters, Thomas has been virtually impregnable, especially in the clutch. The Bruins have won six of seven games, four of them in overtime, including Game 7 against Montreal.

The latest OT thriller saw Thomas allow two goals on the first eight Flyers shots in the first period Monday night, then nothing over the final 64:29 of the game, a total of 46 consecutive saves, as the Bruins won 3-2.

“He was by far the star of the game,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “He stood tall, and if it wasn’t for Timmy, we wouldn’t be standing here with a win.”

And unlike last season, the Bruins have a healthy David Krejci, who missed all four losses to the Flyers with a wrist injury.

On Monday, it was Krejci’s overtime blast that sent the Bruins back to Boston with a two-game series lead.

 
 
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