BRUINS AT FLYERS
TV: VERSUS (HD), TSN (HD), RDS (HD)
(Boston leads best-of-7 series 2-0)
Big story -- Talk about a must-win game for the Flyers. The Bruins took a 2-0 series lead following another dramatic finish in front of their fans at TD Garden on Monday. Milan Lucic scored the game-winner with less than three minutes remaining in the third period and goalie Tuukka Rask sealed the deal by making 24 saves, including all five shots he faced in the third period. The Bruins won their fifth playoff game in a row on home ice -- a pretty significant feat in itself considering they were just 18-17-6 at home during the regular season.
Bruins -- The Bruins' fifth consecutive home playoff victory marked their longest such streak since winning eight straight in the old Boston Garden from April 7 to May 5, 1990. The club is among the top eight in scoring in the playoffs, averaging three goals a game. That's quite an improvement -- the Bruins finished last in offense during the regular season with a 2.39 goals-per game average.
"I'm not going to lie, it's nice to see that we are getting those breaks at the end of games and scoring those winning goals," Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said. "We didn't get those breaks during the regular season, so it's nice to get them now."
Flyers -- Philadelphia finished 0-for-4 on the power-play on Monday and couldn't seem to generate much of a sustained attack in the Boston end. The Flyers could muster only four shots in 7:56 of power-play time in Game 2. Obviously, if the Flyers are to have any success against the Bruins, they'll need to convert with the man advantage. In addition to their power-play woes, the Flyers haven't held a lead in their series with Boston and are 2-3 when allowing the first goal this postseason.
"It's more frustrating when you're always playing from behind," Flyers forward Danny Briere said. "You're always trying to get the lead. We have to find a way to score that first goal. I thought we played better in the first period, but once again, just that lack of attention for two seconds off a face off and it's in the back of our net."
Who's hot -- Boston forward Miroslav Satan had a goal and an assist on Monday to extend his points-scoring streak to five games (4 goals, 8 points) -- his best postseason output since 2001. Satan has 23 points in 23 playoff games against Philadelphia. ... Briere has nine points in his last four games, including a goal and an assist in each of the first two games in this series. Mike Richards had three points in Game 1 and a goal in Game 2.
Injury report -- For the Flyers, forwards Simon Gagne (broken right toe, 1-2 weeks), Jeff Carter (broken right foot, 5 weeks) and Ian Laperriere (concussion and brain contusion, indefinite) are out. ... The Bruins are still without defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (torn tendon in left forearm), but fellow blueliner Mark Stuart (left hand infection) is skating and listed day-to-day.
Stat pack -- The Bruins are 20-6 all-time when leading a best-of-7 series 2-0. The Flyers are 2-12 in series in which they have lost the opening two games.
Puck drop -- This is the Flyers' first home game since April 20, when they beat New Jersey in Game 4 of their first-round series. Coach Peter Laviolette, for one, is happy to be home.
"I have no question that we'll respond with a good effort (on Wednesday)," Laviolette said. "We're going back to our building, and that's been a place where we've played well for a while now. Our fans have been great, our players have had a lot of energy, the building has had a lot of energy, similar to (Boston) on (Monday). We seem to have been able to harness that."
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