Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.

The folks in Boston have a wonderful sense of history. For example, it was Irving Berlin's birthday, and 14,602 spectators at Boston Garden celebrated late Thursday nigt by singing "God Bless American."

Of course, they were really derisively serenading the Philadelphia Flyers, who made Berlin's song freshly famous in the 1970s. For the Boson Bruins thrashed the Flyers, 6-3, final series in five games.

Besides the sing-along and sarcastic chants of "Ber-nie" directed at Bernie parent, some people rejoiced by running out on the ice, or by pouring beer out of the skyboxes onto spectators below.

Now the Bruins are No. 2, and in the National Hockey League these days it's about all anyone outside Montreal can expect. The best-of-seven final begins tomorrow night against the Canadians at the Forum, and that Bostonian sense of history brings back memories of last year's four-game Montreal sweep.

"I guess everyone thinks it's 17 teams against Montreal, but gosh, we think we're a good hockey team, too," said Boston's Peter McNab, a her with his goal and four assists in the semifinal clincher. McNab, shifted between Don Marcotte and Bobby Schmautz, was involved in every Boston goal except the concluding empty netter by Jean Ratelle.

"Peter felt so bad the last two games I put Schmautz and Marcotte with him to help him," said Boston Coach Don Cherry. "Put them with anybody and they'll help him."

The biggest blow to the Flyers came after just 25 seconds, when Boston's Terry O'Reilly rammed Philadelphia captain Bobby Clarke into the board. Clarke suffered a bruised right hip and, after it proved impossible to freeze the injured area, Clarke was virtually useless the rest of the way.

"We tried to tie him to the bench, but he couldn't stay there," said the Flyer's Gary Dornhoefer.

Philadelphia defenseman Moose Dupont Stan Jonathan following a bump on an icing call late in the first period and suffered traumatic iritis in his left eye. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and, although he later reported almost normal vision, he did not return to action. In addition, defenseman Bob Dailey suffered a bruised knee when he was checked by Marcotte early in the game and played at reduced speed.

Despite all these problems, the Flyers held a 3-2 lead after 35 minutes. Orest Kindrachuk was the main reason, scoring two goals 11 seconds apart in the second period. That enabled Kindrachuk to finish the series with five goals in seven shots, a statistic that can be viewed two ways. Either he is a remarkable shot or he didn't shoot enough.

Schmautz tied it with 2:02 left in the second period, skating past defenseman Rick LaPointe to convert McNab's accurate cross-ice pass. It was schmautz's sixth playoff goal.

Marcotte lifted his fouth score over the battling Parent at 6:18, after Parent had kicked shots by Marcotte and McNab back onto Boston sticks while his defense vainly tried to clear the puck.

Schmautz then stole the puck from the Flyers' Tom Bladon and fed McNab, who drilled a shot from the left-wing circle that somehow slipped between Parent's legs. It was the sixth playoff goal for McNab, who netted five against Chicago before encountering a slump in which he recorded only one assist in the first four games of the semifinals.

Ratelle, who frequently held an icepack over his right eye on the bench after an early collision with Paul Holmgren's stick, then hit the empty net to mark his 100th Stanley Cup game in style.

Now, Montreal was the opponent, and the Bruins were pulling out their Cherry-colored glasses.