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ECSF Game 5: Take control

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Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 5
#7 Philadelphia Flyers at #6 Boston Bruins
Bruins lead series, 3-1
TD Garden - 7:00 PM ET - Boston, Mass.
TV: CSN Philly HD, TSN 2 HD, NESN HD, Versus Alternate Ch.
Radio: 610 WIP (internet stream here), XM 205, SIRIUS 220
Get the Boston perspective at Stanley Cup of Chowder

The Flyers can take control of this series with the Boston Bruins tonight, believe it or not.

Hear me out for a second. Yes, our team is down 3-1 in the series, and even with a win tonight they'll still be down in the series. But a win tonight would still give the Flyers the advantage going forward, in my eyes.

Think about it. A win in Boston makes the series 3-2 heading back to Philadelphia, where the Flyers have the home ice edge. They would have all of the momentum and the home crowd behind them for a Game 6, where if they win they'd be tied going into a for-all-the-marbles Game 7. The Bruins have their chance to close this thing out in relatively easy fashion tonight on home ice, but if they don't, they'll be coming back to Philly gripping their sticks.

But of course, the Flyers need to win tonight before they can think about that. It appears as if Dan Carcillo will be in the lineup, as will Ryan Parent, so the Flyers should have the same lineup tonight as they did in Friday's Game 4.

There's been a lot of debate over the last few days regarding which team will benefit more from the extra off day. In reality, it probably benefits both teams equally. For the Flyers, it was another day and an extra skate for Simon Gagne, who sat for most of the third period on Friday because he was simply gassed. He's not going to be 100 percent tonight, of course, but any extra jump is good.

For the Bruins, they aren't getting any players back but the rest will certainly benefit Tuukka Rask. He's looked pretty gassed himself in the last few games (which is easy to understand, really, given the amount of time the Flyers have spent in the Boston zone) and the extra day off could help him quite a bit.

When looking at Game 5, the teams are even on about every level, just as they have been throughout the entire series. It's going to, once again, come down to who gets the bounces and who executes more. Hopefully for us, the Flyers are that team. Hopefully for us, the season will last beyond today.

Game thread will be up at 6 PM ET. Go Flyers.

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