Bruins won't let a 3-0 series lead disappear

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:15 PM ET

Yes, the commercials are correct. History Will Be Made from time to time. But as far as the Boston Bruins-Philadelphia Flyers Eastern Conference semi-final is concerned, history will not repeat itself.

No way do the Bruins let a 3-0 series lead slip through their fingers again. If only because of the goalies.

Also, they’re playing like they're mad at Philly for embarrassing them last spring.

Meanwhile, no one would have guessed Tampa to sweep Washington in the East’s other semi. The Caps finished first in the conference and owed a 4-1-1 record against the Bolts during the regular season.

The Bruins had their way (3-1) with Tampa during the regular season, TSN’s Pierre McGuire said to Tampa’s Steven Stamkos after the game.

“Washington had their way with us, too,” replied Stamkos. “Things can change in the playoffs. That’s the beauty of this sport. Anyone can beat anyone.”

Except Philly can’t beat Boston four times in a row. Not this year.

STARTS AND STOPS:

The Bruins are 5-1 since spending a day and a half, mid-Montreal series, in Lake Placid. Maybe it was something in the water? ....By 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, you were afraid to flip to the Tampa-Washington game or go get your Delissio pizza out of the oven, for fear of missing another Bruins goal ... Who says Senators fans have nothing to stand up and cheer about in the playoffs? Did you see that Niklas Kronwall hit on Dany Heatley? ... In the tone-setting first period, the Broad Street Bullies were being bullied by the B’s. “They’re getting absolutely smashed around here,” said Hockey Night in Canada’s Garry Galley. “Right now, they’re just receiving.” ... Oh, a Bruins power play. It’s safe to get that burnt pie now ... Sick is what the kids would call the between the legs pass Henrik Zetterberg made to Niklas Lidstrom for the 29 playoff power play goal by the future Hall of Famer ...

POINT SHOTS:

Are you still laughing, too, at how John Erskine was not even penalized for mauling, pitchforking and tossing Ryan Malone to the ice while the big Bolt had a breakaway? Not sure who that ref was standing a couple of feet away, but he should be fined or given a head shot ... McGuire was clear about his feelings on Alexander Semin, the Caps winger who was slow to get off on a line change - because he was complaining to a ref - while Martin St. Louis was skating in for the goal that buried Washington. “If you’re George McPhee,” McGuire said of the Caps GM. “You have to make sure that does not hang around your locker room anymore.” With one year and $6.7 mil left on his contract, would anyone want Semin?

THINGS I THINK I THUNK:

Brad Marchand’s nose is a lot longer than Montreal lasted in the playoffs ... Bob Cole is not a homer. On Wednesday, he said “I like it. Lightning strikes” and, about Philadelphia, “hopefully they get a good start” in the second period and, about the Vancouver Canucks win Monday “thank goodness”. Truths are, two of those three teams were visitors, Cole likes every team, and he likes Canadian teams most ... Still love the skate commercial featuring Alex Ovechkin’s head in a school locker. Love his maniacal laugh, and his “Soon the championship will be ours. All ours.” Just not sure how accurate that statement is for Ovechkin and his Caps, that’s all ... If you like the Bruins or are even indifferent, it’s endearing. If you hate them, you really want to wipe that damn, ever-present grin off Tim Thomas’ face, don’t you? ... Unpolished, rough-around-the edges, whatever you want to call it, Paul (BizNasty) Bissonnette was very good on the TSN panel because he was being himself.

BETWEEN PERIODS:

The more you watch Nathan Horton, the more you see a young Cam Neely. Not often do you see a guy get the Gordie Howe Hattrick (goal, assist, fight) in the playoffs, like Horton did Wednesday ... What kind of a night was it for Brian Boucher? While skating to the bench, after getting pulled yet again, he tried to step on his stick to break it - and missed ... Of the Top 4 selected in the 2009 Entry Draft, Victor Hedman was the slowest to come around. John Tavares, No. 1, has 121 points in 161 games. Matt Duchene, No. 3, has 122 points in 161 games. And Evander Kane, No. 4, has 33 goals and 69 points in 139 games. Meanwhile, at the conclusion of his second NHL season, all Hedman is doing is becoming the best defenceman on a team headed for the conference championship ... The 1-2 punch that was going to dominate the Washington-Tampa series was going to be Ovechkin-Backstrom or St. Louis-Stamkos. But Moore-Bergenheim?

SWEET TWEETS:

Security ramped up here at TD Garden. All media were wanded. There was a beep if you had a negative story about the B’s power play.

-Chris Stevenson (@CJ_Stevenson), national hockey columnist for QMI Agency

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When’s the last time anyone can remember a Flyers team getting pushed around like that? Clarke would have chopped someone’s arm off by now.

-Steve Lloyd (@Steve_Lloyd), sports talk show host on the Team 1200

Bruins could lose the next 21 straight faceoffs and they’d still have won more draws than the Flyers tonight. 30-8 edge.

-Ian Mendes (ian_mendes), Rogers Sportsnet


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