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2nd Period summary: Bruins vs. Flyers Game 5

This is what it felt like for the Bruins against the Carolina Hurricanes [1] in Game 2 of the same round last spring.

They were coming off a 4-1 rout of the Hurricanes in Game 1 and they had just blown away the Canadiens in four straight the round before.

Then Game 2 happened and the whole perspective of the series changed.

Fast forward to tonight and a 3-0 Flyers lead after two periods. The Bruins had just lost a heart-breaker in overtime in Philly but still had a commanding 3-1 series lead, needing just to win Game 5 on home ice to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1992.

But the Flyers came to play and fight for their lives, even when Brian Boucher [2] went down in the opening five minutes of the second with what appeared to be a nasty lower body injury. Boucher made a save and then immediately grabbed his midsection. He could barely make it to his skates before being helped off by Chris Pronger [3].

Enter Michael Leighton, the same Michael Leighton who started at Fenway Park [4] on Jan. 1 and the same Michael Leighton who hadn’t even been active in a game since suffering a high ankle sprain on March 16 in Nashville.

He was tested on a Bruins power play and then the Flyers rewarded him when Scott Hartnell finally got credit for a goal. Then the Bruins started taking undisciplined penalties and Simon Gagne finally made them pay with a power play goal on Philadelphia’s fifth chance of the night.

The Flyers will begin the third period with another power play as Andrew Ference [5] was whistled for a cross-checking penalty.