Bruins stop Flyers for 3-0 series lead
PHILADELPHIA — The Boston Bruins are one win away from a surprising trip to the Eastern Conference finals that has been 18 years in the making.
Blake Wheeler and Miroslav Satan scored 94 seconds apart to stun the Philadelphia Flyers on their home ice and get Boston rolling in Game 3. Tuukka Rask took over from there and made all the huge saves.
Mark Recchi and Patrice Bergeron also scored for Boston in a 4-1 win over the Flyers that lifted the Bruins to a 3-0 lead in the Eastern semifinal series last night.
Boston is on the brink of a sweep and a berth in hockey's final four for the first time since 1992.
"We are in good shape, but now we have to take care of business," Rask said.
Rask finished with 34 saves after allowing a quick goal. The Bruins can complete the sweep in Philadelphia tomorrow night.
"It was just one of those games when you see a lot of shots, you feel comfortable, you're not making any extra moves and you're standing there and everything seems to hit you," Rask said.
Arron Asham scored for the Flyers. Philadelphia has never won a series when trailing 3-0 (0-6). Only two NHL teams have recovered from such a deficit and advanced.
BLACKHAWKS 5, CANUCKS 2
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Chicago forward Dustin Byfulgien was all over the Vancouver Canucks, creating havoc in the crease and near the net.
Byfulgien banged in a pair of power-play rebounds and completed his hat trick in the third period to lift the Blackhawks to a 5-2 win over the Canucks and a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series last night.
"He was in the middle of everything," said Marian Hossa, who scored 7:45 into the third period to give Chicago a 4-2 lead. "He's dominating in the corners, in the physical department and I think he was frustrating their team."
Dismissed by the Canucks before the series as a non-factor despite scoring two of his three career playoff goals against them last season, Byfulgien was the biggest factor in putting Chicago ahead in the series.
Moved back up front and onto the top line after playing defense in Game 2, the 6-foot-4, 257-pound Byfuglien went hard to the net all night, tucking in power-play rebounds in the first and second periods. He was credited with his third goal with 6:02 left after pushing Roberto Luongo into his net, leaving the goalie upset and the Canucks pledging retaliation.
"I think so," Byfulgien said when asked if he was throwing the Canucks off their game. "They've got to worry about me coming and worry about getting hit."