BOSTON — There’ll be no second shot at cheese steaks and Tastykakes for these Bruins.
Unlike last season, Boston put the finishing touches on Philadelphia and made sure there would be no return trip to the City of Brotherly love for this Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Johnny Boychuk’s goal 2:42 into the third period put the Bruins ahead for good and Milan Lucic scored his first two goals of the postseason, as the Bruins pulled away for a 5-1 win in Game 4 of the series to complete a sweep at the TD Garden.
“We really didn’t want to go back to Philly,” said winger Brad Marchand, who scored an empty-net goal in the win. “If they would’ve stolen it tonight and then gone back there [Sunday], anything could happen. That’s not a place you want to go back to. It was nice to win it here in front of our home crowd and let them celebrate with us.”
The Bruins will now face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals starting sometime next week.
Here’s a quick glance at the box score:
•Tim Thomas stopped 22 of 23 shots to earn his fifth straight playoff win.
•Chris Kelly finished the night with a plus-3 rating.
•Nathan Horton assisted on both Lucic goals. David Krejci added one assist.
•Eleven different Bruins recorded a point in the game.