Rematch set with Boston; Carter should return

     It's on.

    The Boston Bruins have been waiting nearly a year to pay back the Flyers for their humiliating collapse last season.

     Now, they will get the chance, setting up The Rematch with a clutch vistory Wednesday.

      Thanks to a 4-3 overtime win over visiting Montreal, Boston moves into the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Flyers. Game 1 is Saturday afternoon in Philly.


Who wins the Eastern Conference semifinal series?

      In last year's semis, of course, the Flyers overcame a three games to none deficit _ and a 3-0 deficit in Game 7 _ to shock the Bruins and reach the conference finals.

      They became the third team in NHL history to win a series when down, three games to none _ and the first to do so by overcoming a 3-0 deficit in the final game.

      Boston may be the only NHL team that can match the Flyers' physicality on the blue line, so this figures to be another long, grueling series.

      The Bruins beat Montreal despite going 0 for 21 on the PP. They becamse the first team to ever win a seven-game series without a PP goal.

     Here is the schedule:

    GAME 1 – Saturday, April 30 at Philadelphia – 3:05 PM. NBC.

    GAME 2 – Monday, May 2 at Philadelphia – 7:35 PM. Versus.

    GAME 3 – Wednesday, May 4 at Boston – 7:05 PM. Versus.

    GAME 4 – Friday, May 6 at Boston – 8:05 PM. CSN.

    GAME 5 – Sunday, May 8 at Philadelphia – 3:05 PM. NBC.

    GAME 6 – Tuesday, May 10 at Boston – TBD, CSN.

    GAME 7 – Thursday, May 12 at Philadelphia – TBD, CSN.

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      Forward Jeff Carter, who led the Flyers with 36 goals in the regular season but missed the last three playoff games with a knee injury, is getting closer to returning to the lineup, general manager Paul Holmgren said on Wednesday.

      Holmgren said he was optimistic Carter would play in the Eastern Conference semifinals, though he wouldn’t be specific as to when he would return.

      Carter injured his right knee when he collided with Buffalo’s 6-foot-8 Tyler Myers early in Game 4 of the conference quarterfinals, and reportedly suffered a severely sprained MCL. The Flyers will only call it a “lower-body injury” and say he is “day to day.”

     The injury will not require surgery, Holmgren said.

    Carter missed 11 playoff games last season with a broken foot.

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    Boston was 3-1 agaiunst the Flyers this season, with goalie Tim Thomas leading the way with a 1.96 GAA and .942 save percentage. The Flyers' PP was 0 for 7, Boston's was 4 for 12.

    BTW, Boston needed OT to win three of its games in the series against Montreal.

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