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Afternoon Line

When you’re lacking in character, you give up 3-0 series leads and 3-0 Game 7 advantages.

-Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe.  Read more on the Bruins.

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Challenges For The Canadiens

from Chris Iorfida of the Stanley Cup Blog at CBC,

Montreal is deserving of plaudits after containing arguably the three most skilled players in the league over the first two rounds: Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

The Flyers don’t have that one galvanizing offensive force, but they have something that the Penguins and maybe even the Capitals lack—consistent secondary scoring.

Philadelphia, even without Carter, still has six players in the lineup who scored at least 14 goals this season. The list doesn’t include talented late-season pickup Ville Leino, who stepped into the lineup in the Boston series and contributed two goals and four assists.

The list is headed by Mike Richards. The captain isn’t quite on the level of Ovechkin, Crosby or Malkin, but he can score regularly while also giving maximum effort in his own end, something that can’t always be said of that trio.

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Morning Line

In the same way fans are wondering how teams like Washington and Pittsburgh could be standing on the sidelines at the start of the conference finals, the Bruins’ inability to close the deal in four straight outings against a Flyers team that was minus its top scorer (Jeff Carter) and starting netminder (at least at the start of the series) is a colossal embarrassment.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read more on Bruins/Flyers.

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No Excuses

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Awful? Worse than awful. The Bruins tomorrow night should be playing in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, but instead they are framed in shame after last night’s diabolical 4-3 loss to the Flyers.

“We had a 3-0 lead in the series. We had a 3-0 lead tonight. And we blew both,’’ said coach Claude Julien. “There are no excuses.’’

In a season-ender that will live with them forever and a day, like the ball that rolled between Bill Buckner’s legs in the 1986 World Series, the Bruins essentially dismissed themselves from the 2010 postseason — and they underscored their own undoing by getting caught for having too many men on the ice with 11:10 gone in the third period.

Too many men. Haunting. Almost sadistic. A ghost from more than three decades ago, dating to an identical call at the Montreal Forum in 1979, revisited the Boston bench on Causeway Street, and had Vladimir Sobotka jumping on the ice as a sixth, and most unwanted, Boston skater.

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Monumental Defeat For The Bruins

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Mark Recchi could barely speak as he sat in full uniform at his dressing room stall, 20 minutes after one of the biggest playoff collapses in NHL history.

“This is a pretty awful feeling right now,” said the 42-year-old veteran, barely above a whisper as he digested the enormity of the disaster at hand.

Milan Lucic, on the other hand, had no problem voicing his thoughts.

“There was definitely some complacency,” he said angrily Friday night after the Boston Bruins finished blowing a 3-0 series lead, beaten in Game 7 and bounced from the Stanley Cup tournament by the exultant Philadelphia Flyers.

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Flyers Down 3-0 In the Series & Game Tonight, Win Game & Series 4-3

Comeback complete for the Flyers.

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Open Post- Bruins vs. Flyers For A Spot In The Conference Finals

Puck drops just after 7:00pm and can be viewed on Versus, TSN and RDS.

I won’t change my prediction from earlier this morning- Bruins win.

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It’s Been A Quiet Day For A Game 7

Not anymore, Scott Ferrall joins Deb Placey to preview Bruins/Flyers tonight.

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Another Game 7 Poll

I may be in the minority today, but I am picking Boston tonight.  How about you?

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Emotions For Game 7

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

In three straight games, the Bruins have blown tires in their attempts to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. Tonight, they are down to their last spare.

With one more loss to the Flyers, the Bruins not only will have their season come to a close, they will also enter the NHL record book as only the third team to gag up a 3-0 lead and lose a playoff series. It is company they have no desire to join.

“It’s going to be a big game, probably for most of us, the biggest game of our careers,’’ said Zdeno Chara. “We just have to enjoy it.

“Everybody’s different. Everybody’s treating it differently. Some guys get nervous. Some guys are very excited to be in that position. Everybody’s feeling different.’’

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