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.
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.