PHILADELPHIA -- The Bruins just looked into the mirror.



PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers kept their season alive and got a digit in the win column in the Eastern Conference semifinals as they beat Boston 5-4 in overtime of Game 4 at the Wachovia Center on Friday evening. Simon Gagne scored the game-winner in the extra frame to keep Philadelphia's Stanley Cup hopes alive. Brian Boucher got his first win of the series and stopped Tuukka Rask's four-game playoff winning streak in the process to force a Game 5 in Boston on Monday. 


PHILADELPHIA -- Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart has been medically cleared for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Flyers Friday at the Wachovia Center. Stuart will be a game-time decision after missing the last month with cellulitis in his left hand. Stuart has been skating with the team for the last week but had not yet received the go-ahead from team doctors to participate in game action. 


PHILADELPHIA -- Injured Flyers forward Simon Gagne said on Friday morning that he will be a game-time decision for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at the Wachovia Center. Gagne broke his toe blocking a shot on April 20 in the quarterfinals against New Jersey and had surgery on the toe April 23. He was expected to miss three weeks, which makes the possibility of playing in Game 4 an early return. The Flyers face playoff elimination at the hands of the Bruins as they trail the series 3-0.


ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning to talk about the Bruins-Flyers series. "I think Boston, of the eight teams left, are playing the best playoff hockey," Melrose said. "They're giving up nothing. They're playing a great brand of hockey right now."


What do the Bruins need to need to do to close out the Flyers in Game 4 at the Wachovia Center on Friday?

Exactly what they have been doing.



PHILADELPHIA -- Dr. George Kasparyan, director of hand surgery at the Lahey Clinic, said via email on Thursday that a wrist dislocation, such as the one suffered by Bruins center David Krejci in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Flyers on Wednesday, is an injury that takes a least four months of rehabilitation to recover from.

PHILADELPHIA -- Bruins coach Claude Julien said on Thursday that rookie defenseman Adam McQuaid is 'very doubtful' for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Flyers at the Wachovia Center on Friday. McQuaid suffered a lower-body injury three shifts into Game 3 on Wednesday and only had 1:49 of ice time. The defenseman played in 19 regular season games for the Bruins with one goal and 2 penalty minutes. He had played in all nine of the Bruins playoff games and had a plus/minus ratio of -4 with six penalty minutes.


PHILADELPHIA -- The Bruins had a some good fortune in light of losing center David Krejci to a dislocated wrist after a first period hit by Flyers captain Mike Richards in Game 3 on Wednesday. Dr. Thomas Graham, Surgeon-in-Chief at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD was on hand at the Wachovia Center to evaluate Krejci and determine that he needed surgery. Graham drove Krejci to Baltimore Wednesday night and performed the surgery late in the night.



Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday afternoon to talk about the Bruins' success in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Boychuck was asked if he felt capable of providing more offense to help make up for the loss of Marco Sturm and David Krejci to injuries. "I know I can do it for sure," Boychuk said. "With those two guys out, everybody's going to have to step up their game.