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May 4 2011 Danny Briere Philadelphia Flyers NHL Boston Bruins.flv

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Published on May 4, 2011

BOSTON -- Zdeno Chara and David Krejci scored just 63 seconds into the game to lead the Bruins to a 5-1 romp over the Flyers Wednesday at TD Garden, and a 3-0 series lead in their best-of-7 Eastern Conference semifinal series. Chara added Boston's first power play goal of the playoffs in 31 chances late in the game on a 5-on-3 advantage to cap off the win. For the second straight year, the Bruins now stand just one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference finals with four chances to finish off the Flyers.

Just 30 seconds into the game, Chara blasted a slap shot past a helpless Brian Boucher for his first of the playoffs. Only 33 seconds later - as the Chara goal was being announced to the delirious crowd - Krejci scored his fifth of the postseason past a screened Boucher and the Bruins were off to the races.

The game settled down by the end of the first period, with the Bruins forced to kill off a pair of Philadelphia power plays. Once they killed off a Patrice Bergeron hooking call to start the second period, the Bruins reclaimed control of the game and made it 3-0 on a spectacular snap shot by Daniel Paille just over 13 minutes into the second, his first career playoff goal in 10 games.

Nathan Horton scored his fifth of the playoffs and made it 4-0 when he beat Boucher five-hole just 90 seconds later. Boucher was finally pulled following the Horton goal after stopping just 16 of 20 shots in nearly 30 minutes. Sergei Bobrovsky replaced him, marking the sixth time in the playoffs the Flyers have replaced their goalie midgame, equaling the most since the Minnesota North Stars pulled their goalie six times in 1991.

By contrast, Tim Thomas was strong in goal again for the Bruins, stopping 37-of-38 shots and allowing only an Andrej Meszaros goal late in the second. Thomas is now 9-0-0 lifetime against the Flyers, including playoffs and regular season. The Bruins have outscored the Flyers, 15-6, in jumping out to what would appear to be another insurmountable series advantage.

With a win on Game 4 at the Garden Friday, the Bruins can finally advance to their first Eastern Conference finals since being swept by Pittsburgh in 1992.

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