PHILADELPHIA -- Only minutes after losing their third straight in the series to the Flyers, 2-1, many Bruins attempted to put on a brave face as they now face a do-or-die Game 7 at TD Garden on Friday night. 

 

“Like my buddy once said, ‘Pressure is five kids, no job.’ This is just fun," Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said. "Game 7. Enjoy it. Just drink it in, as they say.”

 

Michael J. Fox, eat your heart out.



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PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Richards scored in the first period and Daniel Briere followed with a second-period tally, while Michael Leighton stopped 31 shots as the Flyers beat the Bruins 2-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday night at the Wachovia Center to force a Game 7 at TD Garden in Boston Friday night. 

 

PHILADELPHIA -- The Bruins are hoping to avoid the pressure of a do-or-die Game 7 back in Boston on Friday night by beating the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the Wachovia Center. The Bruins now lead the series, 3-2, after dropping the last two games while the Flyers have gained momentum with star Simon Gagne back in the lineup. 

 

Recent historical perspective tells us the Bruins can bounce back from their absolute clunker in Game 5 against the Flyers on Monday.



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The playoffs are all about buzzwords and catch phrases: pressure, backs against the wall, desperation. They fall to the ground like candy from a piñata. They are pertinent, sure, but when things are going bad, they are the crutch a player holds onto in trying to explain what happened to this once-golden opportunity.



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Think twice before making plans for Friday night. The Bruins just might be taking the ice that evening.



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Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton combined on a shutout and Simon Gagne scored twice as the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Bruins, 4-0, in Game 5 Monday night before a shell-shocked sellout crowd at TD Garden. The Bruins have lost the last two games but still lead the series, 3-2, with Game 6 set for Wednesday in Philadelphia. 

 

The Bruins failed to test Leighton, who was making his first appearance in a game since March 16. Boucher was forced to leave with an apparent right knee injury in the opening five minutes of the second period. 

 

Philadelphia goalie Brian Boucher went down in an awkward heap making a save in the opening five minutes of the second period and had to be helped off the ice after laying prone on the ice for several minutes. Boucher immediately grabbed his midsection after his right leg was pinned underneath him. After Chris Pronger and a Flyers trainer helped him off, Michael Leighton came on to replace to Boucher. Leighton, who started in net for the Flyers at the Winter Classic at Fenway Park on Jan. 1, hadn't played since suffering a high ankle sprain on March 16 in Nashville.

At the ceremony to unveil Bobby Orr's statue of "The Goal" commemorating the Bruins 1970 Stanley Cup Championship team on Monday, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino made a gaffe when describing some of the great moments in Boston sports lore. When listing some of the moments, from "Havlicek stole the ball" to Orr's game-winning goal to beat St. Louis in 1970, Menino listed at the end "and Varitek splitting the uprights."