Bruins Blast Flyers 7-3 in Game 1

Published on April 30th, 2011

Stanley Cup Playoffs (2nd Round):  Flyers vs. Bruins

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday, April 30, 2011
The Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3 in Game 1.  The Flyers’ defense and goaltending struggled to keep up with the Bruins as it was an easy win for the road team.  During the regular season series, the Bruins won 3 of 4 games.

In this game, Tim Thomas started in net for the Bruins and Brian Boucher for the Flyers.  The Flyers were able to dress 6 defensemen instead of the 7 they had dressed the last two games since Chris Pronger was able to resume a regular shift. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Briere-Leino-Hartnell
Giroux-JVR-Zherdev
Richards-Versteeg-Carcillo
Betts-Powe-Rinaldo

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Coburn
Pronger-Carle
Meszaros-O’Donnell

The Bruins scored quickly at 1:52 of the 1st period when David Krejci beat Boosh.  The Flyers defense struggled in the early going giving up some odd-man rushes and a slapper from the slot by Nathan Horton.  Danny Briere tied the game up at 11:02 when he pounced on a rebound from a Braydon Coburn shot and put it in.  The Bruins got a power-play at 14:06 when Zac Rinaldo was called for goaltender interference.  The NHL’s worst power-play in the playoffs failed to convert.  They were 0 for 22 after this.  Bruins Horton scored a late period goal at 19:24 to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. 

Former Flyer Mark Recchi scored at 2:34 of the 2nd period.  Bruins led 3-1.  Then the Flyers took an ill-advised penalty at 5:11 when Kris Versteeg was called for a slashing minor.  The Bruins seemed to lose some of their momentum with the man-advantage.  The Flyers took another penalty at 7:42 when Briere was called for tripping.  The Bruins again came up empty on the power-play.  At 9:58, the Flyers got a power-play of their own when Brad Marchand was called for slashing.  They were unsuccessful on this after getting several good chances.  They quickly got another power-play at 12:37 when Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk got a high-sticking minor.  They got no shots.  The Flyers had two great opportunities to get back into the game and came up short.  Then the Bruins scored at 15:26 after a face-off.  Krejci scored his 2nd of the game.  Brad Marchand made it 5-1 Bruins at 17:14.  Sergei Bobrovsky then replaced Boucher in net.  Flyers quickly scored at 17:30 to make it 5-2.  JVR scored the goal.  

The Flyers faced a deep hole coming into the 3rd period.  The Flyers got a 5-on-3 at 12:01 when Marchand was called for tripping.  They scored at 13:02 when Flyers captain Mike Richards snapped it over Thomas.  But just when it seemed like they might be back in the game, Marchand got his 2nd of the game at 14:59.  Then the Bruins tacked another one on at 17:39 to make the final score 7-3 in favor of the Bruins.

Richards on the poor defensive effort by the team said, “We could’ve been better as a group.  Defense is played by 5 guys on the ice and a goaltender.  We left our goaltender hanging tonight.  Forwards didn’t come down and cover their men.  We could’ve been better as a 5 man unit on the defensive end… We weren’t playing really well.  We let them skate.  It didn’t seem like we played as physical as we wanted to be.  I’m not sure why but come next game we got to be more physical on their players and make it harder for them to score goals.”

Game 2 is Monday May 2nd in Philadelphia.

Bruins Daniel Paille and Flyers Brian Boucher look for loose puck | Source: Joe del Tufo

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