Flyers coach Peter Laviolette announced Friday at TD Garden that Sergei Bobrovsky will start for the team in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals vs. the Bruins. Boston leads the series, three games to none. 

Rhode Island native Brian Boucher has started the first three games of the series, dropping all three contests and allowing 11 games. He was pulled in favor of Bobrovsky in Games 1 and 3 and left Game 2 briefly with an injury concern. Bobrovsky has allowed three goals in 55:15 this series. 

NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Brian Leetch joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon to talk about the Bruins, who will attempt to close out the Flyers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Friday night.

"I would say there'll be no comeback this year, but I don't know what's going to happen tonight," Leetch said.

Bruins coach Claude Julien has had to note time and time again that his team is not the same club that blew a 3-0 series lead against he Flyers a season ago. Now up three games to none on Philadelphia, Julien stressed following Thursday's practice that the B's are by no means relaxing with the lead.

"This is a group that feels like it has to continue playing the way it has been, and we're a determined group right now," Julien said. "We're certainly not sitting comfortable by any means. We never have, whether it was the last round or whatever.

ESPN NHL analyst Matthew Barnaby joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the Bruins' success in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Boston took a 3-0 series lead on the Flyers with Wednesday night's 5-1 victory and can close out the series Friday night at TD Garden.

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The Bruins lead the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, three games to none. Big deal, right? Wrong. Huge deal. Mammoth deal.  



Speaking moments after his team was blasted by the Bruins, 5-1, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Flyers owner Ed Snider came close to conceding that his team can't expect another miraculous comeback from a 3-0 hole. 

On Wednesday, the Bruins took just the series lead that they have been associated with for nearly a year. In holding a 3-0 edge over the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Bruins have the very lead that they blew a season ago when they were eliminated by Philadelphia in seven games. The Bruins are trying to block out the comparisons to last year, but given where they stand, it's only natural. 

Zdeno Chara and David Krejci scored just 63 seconds into the game to lead the Bruins to a 5-1 romp over the Flyers Wednesday at TD Garden, and a 3-0 series lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. Chara added Boston's first power-play goal of the playoffs in 31 chances late in the game on a 5-on-3 advantage to cap off the win. For the second straight year, the Bruins now stand just one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference finals with four chances to finish off the Flyers. 

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was not on the ice for Boston's morning skate Wednesday at TD Garden, a sign that he could be out of the lineup for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals vs. the Flyers. McQuaid left the game in the first period Monday with a sprained neck suffered while trying to hit Flyers forward Mike Richards. 

Coach Claude Julien would not offer an update on McQuaid's status, but in the seemingly likely event that the rookie does not play, veteran Shane Hnidy would take his spot. 

Bruins forward Mark Recchi checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, hours before the B's host the Flyers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.