PHILADELPHIA — When it became a near certainty the Flyers were going to lose Game 3 on Wednesday night, a Philadelphia fan sitting in the stands at the Wachovia Center tied up his orange playoff towel and did what his team had basically done.

He threw it in.



PHILADELPHIA -- David Krejci was taken to a local hospital for treatment of an undisclosed injury following a hit by Philadelphia's Mike Richards in the first period. Krejci was on just his second shift of the game when he was drilled in the shoulder by Richards in the neutral zone. Just before the hit, Krejci found Milan Lucic, who then fed Miroslav Satan for the go-ahead goal at 5:45 of the first period. 


"It was a clean hit and there are no issues there," Bruins coach Claude Julien said afterward.


PHILADELPHIA -- Blake Wheeler and Miroslav Satan scored 94 seconds apart in the first six minutes of the first period to erase Boston's only deficit of the series as the Bruins dominated the lifeless Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, on Wednesday night at the Wachovia Center to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. 


PHILADELPHIA -- The Bruins have a chance to put the Philadelphia Flyers in a 3-0 hole Wednesday night in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. But to do so, the B's must get the job done on the road, a task they were unable to finish the last time they had the chance. Coach Claude Julien put the team through an optional skate Wednesday morning at the Wachovia Center before addressing the media and the importance of understanding what's at stake in Game 3. 


PHILADELPHIA -- Defenseman Mark Stuart skated again on Wednesday morning but has been ruled out by coach Claude Julien for Game 3 at the Wachovia Center. Stuart is nearly ready for game action following surgery and a subsequent infection to his left pinkie in early April.


Daniel Carcillo has become enemy No. 1 to Bruins fans, and Mike Emrick, of NBC and Versus, said the Flyers tough guy will have extra attention from the officials as the series continues Wednesday night in Philadelphia. 


Bruins forward Mark Recchi joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the B's playoff run. Asked about advice the 42-year-old veteran gave to the team's younger players, Recchi said: "This is a great time of year right now. Enjoy it. Embrace it. Don't let the pressure grab you. If you do that, you're going to really have a good time with this and we're going to be a better team for it."


After living in Massachusetts as long as I have, I like to think I’m cynical enough … and sorry to say I’m old enough … that nothing surprises me anymore. You say that Boston has more bacteria in the tap water than Tijuana? (And for that matter, more people who speak Spanish?) Yawn. You tell me the Gulf of Mexico has more petroleum on top of it than Pat Riley’s head? Huh? Did you say something?



On to Philadelphia.

The Bruins lead the best-of-seven series against the Flyers, 2-0. Boston has never trailed, and have scored the first goal in both games at the TD Garden. They have played hard, they have played physical and have been provided an emotional lift with the return of center Marc Savard.



WILMINGTON -- The Bruins are having none of the antics that Flyers forward Daniel Carcillo has been bringing to the Eastern Conference semifinals that Boston leads two games to none heading into Game 3 in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Coach Claude Julien was dismissive of the impact that Carcillo has on the approach of the team and how they handle the Flyers oft brash physical game.