Bruins Feast on Flyers 5-1, Go Up 3-0 in Series

Published on May 4th, 2011

Stanley Cup Playoffs (2nd Round):  Game 3 – Flyers at Bruins

by Mike del Tufo

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 in Game 3 to go up 3 games to 0 in their best of 7 series.  The Flyers gave up 2 goals in the first 1:03 of the game and it was an uphill battle the rest of the game.  The Bruins are one win away from their 1st Eastern Conference Final berth since 1992.  

In this game, Thomas started in net for the Bruins and Brian Boucher for the Flyers.  Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was out of the line-up for the 2nd game in a row due to an injury.  Danny Syvret took his place.  Forward Jeff Carter returned to the line-up after missing 5 games.  He replaced Jody Shelley.

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

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

The Bruins scored 30 seconds into the 1st period when defenseman Zdeno Chara blasted it past Boucher.  Then at 1:03, Milan Lucic fed David Krejci in front of the net and he easily deposited it into the net.  At that point, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette wisely called a time-out to settle his team down.  It worked as they stopped the bleeding and did not give up another goal in the period.  The Flyers took some hard hits in the 1st period.  The Bruins came to play physical. 

The Flyers responded to that in the 2nd period which led to Flyers defenseman Sean O’Donnell and Bruins winger Nathan Horton dropping the gloves.  The Bruins got their 1st power-play of the game in the 1st half of this period.  Their slump with man-advantage was extended to 0 for 29 in the playoffs after the Flyers killed this off.  The Bruins made it 3-0 at 13:39 when Daniel Paille finished off a 3-on-2 odd-man rush.  Then at 15:14 Horton slipped it past Boucher to make it 4-0.  That gave Horton a Gordie Howe hat-trick (goal, assist, and a fight) for the game.  Bobrovsky then replaced Boucher in net.  The Flyers scored at 16:24 when defenseman Andrej Meszaros snapped it just past Thomas. 

The Bruins put the defensive clamps on in the 3rd period.  They limited the Flyers’ offensive opportunities and mostly shut them down.  Thomas easily thwarted any shots other than a Flyer goal that was waived off due to the net being dislodged.  At 18:38, Chara scored again.  This time it was a power-play goal, their 1st of the playoffs.  Just like in Game 1, the Bruins skated to an easy 4-goal win over the orange and black.

The Flyers will try to avoid the sweep with Game 4 this Friday in Boston.  They will attempt to duplicate their miraculous comeback from a 0-3 hole that they did against the Bruins last season.  It was the 1st time that happened since 1975.

Flyers goalie Bobrovsky makes a save | Source: Andrew King

Comments

  1. Posted by Joe DT on May 5th, 2011, 19:00

    What’s that sound I hear, is that the sound of history repeating? Nah, I think it’s the whoosh of brooms.