Basically, it's going to take a hockey miracle for the Flyers to advance.
They were off to a good start in Game 3 thanks to an Aaron Asham goal just two-and-a-half minutes into the first period, giving the Flyers their first lead of the series. If you blinked, you probably missed it. Blake Wheeler netted his first just two minutes later, and Miroslav Satan quickly followed that with his fifth of the playoffs to put the Bruins on top where they stayed for the remainder of the game.
When looking at the series as a whole, the Flyers have been in front for just two -- two -- of the 193 minutes played. Obviously, that's not going to cut it.
As the closing minutes of the third period ticked away, and the Bruins clogged up the neutral zone and forced harmless dump-ins from the Flyers, boos started to rain down from the Wachovia Center stands. They grew louder as the Flyers failed to capitalize on a pair of delay of game penalties (one on Johnny Boychuk, one on Steve Begin) in the third period, failing to even record a shot on the Begin penalty that all but clinched the game for the Bruins.
Even getting the power play set up proved to be a struggle for the Flyers. They lost races for loose pucks, turned the puck over in the neutral zone and had Braydon Coburn lose an edge as he attempted to fire a one-timer at Tuukka Rask. The Bruins simply shut them down, and when they weren't doing that, the Flyers were shutting themselves down.
But it wasn't just the lack of offense.
We knew coming into the playoffs that goaltending was going to be a question mark for the Flyers. It always is. And for one round, Brian Boucher shut us all up and ended up getting the best of Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils, giving up more than two goals just once in five games, even recording a shutout in the series-clinching win. It's been a totally different story for Boucher in round two, as he's surrendered 11 goals on just 92 shots against the lowest scoring team in the NHL.
If there's anything that's going to leave the door open just a crack for Philadelphia, it's the mounting injury situation in Boston. Already playing without Marco Sturm, Dennis Seidenberg and Marc Stuart, the Bruins lost center David Krejci after he was hit by Mike Richards in the first period. He did not return.