Simon Gagne found the net twice as the Philadelphia Flyers defense shut down the Boston Bruins en route to a 4-0 W at the TD Garden in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Ville Leino notched the initial score 6:41 into the first period before Gagne and Scott Hartnell dominated the second. Gagne came through again early in the third for the final dagger. Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton split the work between the pipes to rack up 23 saves combined.
Boucher was forced to leave mid-game due to a left knee injury during a scramble for a loose puck. The recent victory marks Leighton’s first appearance since hurting his ankle back in March. “I was a little bit nervous at the start,” said Leighton. “I didn’t want to lose the confidence of the team. We scored some goals in the second and it took some pressure off.”
The Bruins have a day to regroup after suffering their second consecutive loss this series. “They came out and slapped us in the face. Now we have to realize it’s a series,” said forward Mark Recchi. “We weren’t on top of our game. We didn’t play well. When you’re not playing well, it doesn’t matter who was in the net or who you’re playing.” Game 6 is set for Wednesday at 8:00 PM in Philadelphia.