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Rapid reaction: Bruins 5, Flyers 1

5/7/2011

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins got redemption for blowing their 3-0 series lead over the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals by finishing what they couldn’t finish last spring, sweeping Philadelphia in Game 4 on Friday with a the Bruins' second consecutive 5-1 win.

Milan Lucic finally found the twine after 20 goal-less games and scored twice, while Johnny Boychuk scored what would be the game-winner 2:42 into the third period at TD Garden. The Bruins are now headed to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1992, when they swept the Montreal Canadiens in the semifinals and then were swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the conference finals.

Lucic finally lights the lamp -- Throughout this semifinal series, Milan Lucic has been skating better and knocking on the door of scoring a goal. In Game 3, he had an assist, and finally in Game 4, the rugged winger broke through and lit the lamp for his first and second goals of the playoffs. After Flyers winger Daniel Carcillo took a bad cross-checking penalty in the opening frame, Lucic scored a power-play goal at 12:02 to give the Bruins an early 1-0 lead. Lucic then got a huge insurance goal at 15:03 of the final frame to make it 3-1. Lucic now has two goals and three assists in 11 playoff games.

Johnny Rocket launches -- Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk beat Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky with a fluttering shot from the point 2:42 into the third period. It was Boychuk’s second goal of the playoffs and, more importantly, the game-winner in the series clincher.

Marchand leads rookies in scoring -- With his fifth goal of the playoffs Friday -- an empty-netter at 18:04 of the third period -- Bruins rookie Brad Marchand now leads all NHL rookies in scoring with 11 points.

Power play strikes again -- After going nine games without a power-play goal, going 0-for-30, the Bruins have now scored a power-play goal in two consecutive games. They finished Game 4 1-for-5 and are now 2-for-37 on the man-advantage in the playoffs.

Krejci, Horton extend point streaks -- David Krejci and Nathan Horton both assisted on Milan Lucic’s first-period power-play goal, and Horton assisted on Lucic’s second goal, as well. With his assist, Krejci extended his point streak to four games and has four goals and five assists over that span. Horton has now registered a point in five consecutive games. He has three goals and five assists during the streak.

Bergeron injured -- Patrice Bergeron took an open-ice hit from Flyers winger Claude Giroux 2:38 into the third period and left the game looking dazed. He would not return and his status was unknown.

Chara sends a message -- In Game 3, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara sent a message with his stick, scoring two goals and adding an assist. In Game 4, Chara sent a physical message when Scott Hartnell nudged Tim Thomas after a whistle late in the first period. Chara and Hartnell went at it for a bit, and Chara caught Hartnell with a left hook. The Norris Trophy candidate ended up with a double-minor -- a penalty the Bruins ended up killing -- but it was a penalty worth taking, as it sent a message to the Flyers that he, Thomas and the Bruins wouldn’t be pushed around.

Flyers turn to Bobrovsky -- After being pulled from Games 1 and 3, Flyers goalie Brian Boucher was finally pulled from a start as coach Peter Laviolette gave rookie Sergei Bobrovsky the start in Game 4. Bobrovsky had relieved Boucher in each game in which the Rhode Island native was pulled. Bobrovsky made 22 saves Friday.

McQuaid misses another game -- Defenseman Adam McQuaid skated Friday morning but was unable to go for Game 4 and missed his second consecutive game with a strained neck. Shane Hnidy took his place in the lineup.