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Friday, May 6, 2011
Bruins focused on clinching

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- If the Philadelphia Flyers are a desperate team, then the Boston Bruins are a determined club.

The Bruins have a chance to clinch this Eastern Conference semifinal series with a victory in Game 4 tonight at TD Garden and would move on to the conference finals for the first time since 1992.

Boston beat the Montreal Canadiens in an emotional seven-game first-round series. Similar to a year ago, the Bruins have a 3-0 lead on the Flyers, but this time they’re focused on closing it out.

“Obviously our first one was an emotional series,” said Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference about the Montreal series. “This one there’s been no shortage of incentive for us to do well and prove ourselves. If anything, the first series was more emotional and this series is almost business-like. The guys have been very focused on getting the job done.”

The Flyers have decided to start Sergei Bobrovsky in net for Game 4, instead of Brian Boucher, the Woonsocket, R.I., native who started the previous three games. Bruins coach Claude Julien said it doesn’t matter who is in net for the Flyers.

“This is the most focused I’ve seen our group all year,” Ference said. “It’s been like that all week and I expect nothing less.”