The Flyers were definitely behind the 8-ball going into Friday's Game Four at home in their building and the Bruins gave them an amazing run in the game. Tie game after one, 1-1. Two early 2nd period goals helped the Flyers to a 3-2 lead after the middle frame. Then it was a bit of back and forth in the third, which had the Bruins tie it up, fall behind and then score to force overtime with only 32 seconds left. Finally, in the first extra frame, Simon Gagne, who had just returned from a broken toe, playing his first game of the series, wins it in the extra frame and gives another life to the Flyers.
So, the Flyers will have to try and extend their season in Boston for Game Five, which doesn't go until Monday night, which will give both teams some extra rest, which may have been needed after the whale of a game that the two teams had on Friday night.
So, to the pool then... the top player of the game was actually defenseman Matt Carle, who finished with 4 assists in the game, but I couldn't find a picture of him to post, so I had to go with the game-winning goal celebration. Carle, who was taken six times in the pool, played a subdued role in the game, but important nonetheless. Other multiple-point players in the game were Simon Gagne (winning goal), Chris Pronger (goal and assist), Claude Giroux (goal and assist), Brian Boucher (win) and Daniel Briere (goal and assist) for the Flyers each had a couple of points. For the Bruins, Dennis Wideman (2 assists), Mark Recchi (2 goals) and Patrice Bergeron (2 assists) all did enough to get mentions in the blog.
Leading the series in points, we have ourselves a 3-way tie in the pool: Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Briere and Dennis Wideman all have 6 points, making the series a little more interesting, going into Game Five.