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Bruins, Flyers expect physical semifinal series

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BOSTON (AP) -The last time the Philadelphia Flyers met the Boston Bruins in the playoffs, it was a matchup between two physical teams - the Broad Street Bullies vs. the Big Bad Bruins.

Now, 32 years later, both sides expect another hard-hitting series when their Eastern Conference semifinal starts Saturday. The team that does a better job of checking hard but staying out of the penalty box could have an edge.

It all comes down to being disciplined.

The teams last met in the playoffs in the 1978 Stanley Cup semifinals. Boston won the best-of-seven series 4-1, then fell to Montreal in the finals. That Bruins team had four players with at least 116 penalty minutes in the regular season. The Flyers had five with at least 119 each.

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