This Date in Bruins History: Rivalry with Flyers takes center stage

Nick Goss
NBC Sports Boston

The rivalry between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers isn't on same level as the B's and Montreal Canadiens, but it's still one of the most intense in NHL history.

The Bruins and Flyers have met six times in their playoff history, and three of those series had games on May 4. 

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The most recent Bruins vs. Flyers matchup on this date came in 2011 when Boston took a 3-0 series lead over Philadelphia with a 5-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Bruins defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara led the offensive explosion with two goals.

The Bruins would go on to sweep the Flyers, one year after blowing a 3-0 series lead to Philly in the same round.

Another Bruins victory over the Flyers on May 4 came in 1978. These two teams meet in the semifinals, where the Bruins won the series in five games, including a thrilling 7-5 victory in Game 2. Bruins forwards Rick Middleton and Bobby Schmautz each scored twice.

The third Bruins-Flyers playoff matchup on this date was in the 1976 semifinals. The Flyers beat the Bruins 4-2 in Game 4 at the old Boston Garden. Philly won the series two days later with a Game 5 triumph.

The Bruins have won only three of the eight games played on May 4, with two of the defeats coming in overtime.

Here's a list of other notable Bruins games from this date.

2019, Second Round: 4-3 win vs. Blue Jackets
2018, Second Round: 4-3 loss in OT vs. Lightning
2013, Conference Qtrs: 4-2 loss vs. Leafs
1988: Conference Finals: 3-2 loss in OT vs. Devils


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