The Mission Impossible version of Three Things...
1) Get a lead. And hold on to it for more then 1 minute, 39 seconds -- which is how long the Flyers held the lead in Game 3. This qualifies as, well, duh. But the really alarming thing for the Flyers has to be the way the Bruins trapped the life out of the game in the third period, and how even when they're not trapping, they can build a wall in front of goaltender Tuukka Rask when they have the score in their favor. A lead is essential.
2) Boosh. Despite the claims of some emailers, Brian Boucher has been good in this series. He might have to be really, really good in Game 4. While people think the Flyers might be able to rally around the return of forward Simon Gagne from a broken toe, if Gagne decides he can play, history suggests there is no greater rallying point than a goaltender who is stopping everything. For a night, or a period, or even a particularly-perilous sequence, goaltenders really can be the breath of life for a hockey team.
3) Blinders. They put them on horses, not hockey players, in order to focus the vision and block out distractions. It is what the Flyers need to do. In the paper today, I wrote about growing up as an Islanders fan in 1975 when they came back from an 0-3 deficit against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Their captain, who scored the game-winner in Game 7 of the comeback, was Ed Westfall. In Joe Starkey's book, "Tales from the Pittsburgh Penguins," Westfall is quoted about what it took: