BOSTON – Milan Lucic scored twice, Johnny Boychuk got the go-ahead goal, and the Boston Bruins stopped any chance of another historic comeback by the Philadelphia Flyers with a 5-1 win Friday night that completed a sweep of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
In this round last year against Philadelphia, the Bruins became just the third NHL team to lose a series after winning the first three games. Boston even held a 3-0 lead at home in Game 7 before the Flyers rallied again for a 4-3 victory.
Kris Versteeg lifted Philadelphia into a 1-1 tie on Friday at 13:22 of the second period after Lucic scored at 12:02 of the first. Boychuk put Boston ahead at 2:42 of the third, Lucic connected again at 15:03, and Brad Marchand and Daniel Paille added empty-net goals.
Tim Thomas stopped 22 shots for the win.
The Bruins are in the conference finals for the first time since 1992 and will have home-ice advantage against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Philadelphia was swept 4-0 for the first time since losing to Detroit in the 1997 Stanley Cup finals.
Boston has won seven of eight games and is aiming for its first Stanley Cup title since 1972.
Sergei Bobrovsky got the start over ineffective Philadelphia goalie Brian Boucher and made 22 saves.
DETROIT (AP)—Darren Helm scored with 1:27 left in the third period, lifting Detroit to an elimination-avoiding win over San Jose in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series.
The Sharks will take their 3-1 series lead back home with a chance to advance on Sunday night to the NHL’s final four. Detroit is trying to become the fourth NHL team to win a series after trailing 3-0.
Veteran defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom scored twice in the first period to help the Red Wings take a three-goal lead that slipped away.
Logan Couture had a goal 15 seconds after Lidstrom’s second, Dan Boyle scored midway through the middle period to pull San Jose within 3-2, and Dany Heatley tied it early in the third.
Helm put Detroit back ahead for good, scoring from the left circle off a cross-ice pass from Patrick Eaves.
Todd Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard made 25 saves for the win. San Jose’s Antti Niemi stopped 26 shots.