BOSTON _ Same city, same result _ a heartbreaking overtime loss for the Flyers in Boston.
Exactly four months after they lost to the Bruins, 2-1, in the Winter Classic at Fenway Park, the Flyers dropped a wild 5-4 decision to Boston at the TD Garden Saturday.
. For the Flyers, the signs were mixed.in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Positive: They were 2 for 5 on the power play, goalie Brian Boucher was superb, and the Mike Richards-led offense found a way to score four goals.
Negative: The Flyers were badly outplayed in the first period and the overtime, and they allowed 46 shots _ not exactly a playoff-type defense. The Flyers failed to clear the front of the net and, for the most part, left Boucher hung out to dry.
To win Game 2 on Monday, the Flyers must get back to the tight-checking games they played against New Jersey in the previous playoff round. In that series, the Flyers kept the Devils’ chances to a minimum. They forced most of New Jersey’s shots to be fired from the perimeter, and Boucher didn’t have to make a ridiculous number of difficult saves like he did on Saturday.
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Boston’s Tuukka Rask is hoping to become the fourth rookie goalie in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup.
The three: Montreal’s Ken Dryden (1971) and Patrick Roy (1986), and Carolina’s Cam Ward in 2006.
Detroit’s Jimmy Howard is another rookie goalie still playing in the playoffs.