Bruins Win 5-1, Sweep Flyers

Published on May 6th, 2011

Stanley Cup Playoffs (2nd Round):  Game 4 – Flyers at Bruins

by Mike del Tufo

Friday, May 6, 2011
The Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 in Game 4 to eliminate the Flyers 4 games to 0.  Forward Milan Lucic scored two goals to lead the Bruins to this victory.  The Bruins advance to their 1st Eastern Conference Final since 1992.  

In this game, Tim Thomas started in net for the Bruins and Sergei Bobrovsky for the Flyers.  Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was out of the line-up for the 3rd game in a row due to an injury.  Danny Syvret took his place.  Forward Jody Shelley returned to the line-up after missing a game.  He replaced Nikolay Zherdev.

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

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

The teams traded power-plays in the first half of the 1st period.  Neither was successful.  Both teams played a conservative defense-first system to start this game so there were few strong scoring chances.  The Bruins got on the board first at 12:02 when forward Lucic beat Bobrovsky on the power-play.  The Flyers got little in terms of offense in this period and lacked the desperation you would expect a team facing elimination to have.  The Bruins led on the scoreboard 1-0 and in shots 13-6 after one period of play.

The Flyers started the 2nd period on the power-play but struggled to even get it set up.  Flyers Mike Richards and Kris Versteeg had a 2-on-1 rush at 4:20 but Thomas denied them.  Bobrovsky kept the Flyers in the game with several nice saves midway through the period.  The Flyers tied it at 13:22 when Versteeg back-handed it in.  It was Versteeg’s 1st goal of the playoffs.  It was a nice bounce-back period for the Flyers.  Both teams had 7 shots in the 2nd.

The Bruins started the 3rd period on the power-play but failed to convert.  The Bruins took a 2-1 lead at 2:42 when Johnny Boychuk blasted it in.  It looked like one Bob should have had.  Then Lucic struck again at 15:03 beating Bob after a bad Flyers’ turnover.  The Bruins then added two empty-net goals to make it 5-1.  The Bruins move on and the Flyers’ season is over. 

The Boston Bruins celebrate a goal

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