SMJ Cup Playoffs


Third Period Undoes Boston



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Philadelphia Wins Series 4-3

The Boston Bruins played an almost perfect clinching Game #7, especially on the road.  They were patient, they didn't force anything, but struck when opportunities arose.  They were going to move on to the second round.  Until the 3rd period started.  Then it all fell apart and the result was the Flyers moving on to face the top ranked Hartford Whalers, while the Bruins go home with a lot of soul searching this off season.  This was not a good night to be a goalie, nor a fan of run and gun hockey.  The two teams played boring, defensive hockey, barely requiring the goalies to move.  Which was what Boston wanted.  They only had 3 shots in the opening period, but scored on 2 of them to take a 2-0 lead into the break.  Tom Barasso was not good, while his offense had 9 shots but couldn't do a thing.  The shots reversed in the 2nd period with Boston winning that battle 8-4 for a total of 12-11 Philly after 2 periods, but with Boston up 2-0.  And in the span of 7 and a half minutes, it was gone.  Lost.  They couldn't come back.  Rod Brind'Amour and Eric Lindros each scored 2 goals in that span, taking a 2-0 deficit to a 4-2 lead in stunning fashion.  Doug Brown then put them up 5-2 and that was all she wrote. Steve Larmer scored with 19 seconds left in the game to make it 5-3 but it was little consolation.  Mats Sundin and Owen Nolan scored the first period goals, but it was certainly notable that nothing came from their top two lines in this game.  An investigation will follow, I'm sure, but for Philly, they scrape by into the next round as they try to find their way back to the SMJ Cup final.  But the job gets even harder now.