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 gained its first and only lead of the series when Aaron Asham scored at 2:32 of the first period. But Wheeler scored less than two minutes later to tie the game. Satan scored his fifth of the playoffs at 5:45 to give the Bruins the lead for good.
Mark Recchi added a power-play goal for insurance early in the third and Patrice Bergeron scored an empty-net goal late for the final tally. Meanwhile, Tuukka Rask turned away 34 of 35 shots.
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Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz homered against Angels starter Joel Pineiro in the bottom of the fourth inning of Wednesday's contest at Fenway Park. Ortiz lofted an 83 mph changeup away into the Monster seats over the left field wall for his fourth homer of the season, giving the Sox a 2-0 lead. Sox manager Terry Francona cited Ortiz' track record of success against Pineiro in explaining the decision to have him start, and in the early stages of Wednesday's game, that logic proved sound, as Ortiz recorded hits in each of his first two plate appearances of the night.
Red Sox reliever Alan Embree, who was designated for assignment on Saturday to clear a roster spot for Daisuke Matsuzaka, cleared outright waivers and has elected free agency. The 40-year-old spent just two games with the Sox, and did not appear in a game in the majors. He had a 3.68 ERA in eight April appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket.
The Boston and national sports media outlets have all had their fair share of polls about David Ortiz and his role with the Red Sox. Click here to vote on the Full Count poll question: Should media outlets stop having polls about whether David Ortiz should play?
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show on Wednesday and talked about the controversy surrounding his actions in the second half of Monday's Game 2 victory over the Cavaliers. Ainge was seen throwing a white towel in the air from behind the basket in an attempt to distract Cavs forward J.J. Hickson during a free throw attempt.
“I regret that. It was very unprofessional," said Ainge. "I was having fun with the hecklers and the crowd who were sitting around me. There’s just no excuse. It was unprofessional. I regret doing it.”
Ainge admitted that his competitive nature can "get the best of me," but hopes that "we can move on past this and just focus on the players and the real issues at hand."
Ainge said that he has not heard from the league but "is sure" that he will at some point.
Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.
Heath Evans of the NFL Network joins Mut and Lou to talk how Revis and Browner impact the Patriots defense, the Vince Wilfork Situation, and the arms race between Denver and New England
We talk Revis with his friend and mentor, former Patriot Ty Law.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.
Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston joins Mut, Lou, and Christian to talk about Rajon Rondo in the booth, the rest of the Celtics losing season, and the epic battle between the Pacers and Heat.
Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox starting left fielder, Grady Sizemore. grady talks about what it was like to hit a home run off his old teammate, C.C. Sabathia, and his reaction to not seeing Koji on the mound in a save situation.
Steve Lyons joins Dale and Holley to talk about the Red Sox and Yankees series and Michael Pineda's sticky hand.
Kevin Millar makes his weekly appearance to discuss Michael Pineda's apparent pine tar on his hand, the Red Sox loss to the Yankees, and the team's pitching.
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.
Shawn Thornton joined the show to preview the upcoming series against the Red Wings.
2 games left in the season and the Bruins are in the driver's seat for the President's Cup which is allowing them to coast and get healthy. Pierre McGuire updates Mut and Lou on the possibility of Seidenberg's return and talks about situations elsewhere in the NHL.
Crystel called in to defend the terrorists.
Our friend Michele McPhee joined the show to discuss the latest with Kayvon.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Andy Brickley joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the Bruins Red Wings series, a possible Seidenberg return, and the power play.
Buster Olney joined Mut and Merloni to discuss the Lester contract offer and the trickle-down effect in the clubhouse, the defense of Xander Bogaerts, and the slow start
We speak with Matt Chatham, who re-tells his story from that fateful Monday and looks ahead to brighter things, including this year's marathon.
Dale, Michael and Steve Lyons reflect back on the event last year, and the good that has taken place since then as Boston came together.
We speak with David Abel of the Boston Globe, who penned the incredible piece on the Richard Family in this past weekend's Boston Globe.
Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.
Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.
WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island
The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.
Scott and Ben recap WrestleMania 30 and talk about the death of the Ultimate Warrior.
Friend of the show, Brad Faxon, checks in to examine all the Masters action and to evaluate Bubba Watson's performance.More from this show
LB joins Mut and Merloni in studio to preview the Bruins first opponent in the playoffs, the Detroit Red Wings.More from this show
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed Aaron Hernandez getting in more jailhouse trouble.More from this show