Bruins Beat Flyers 3-2 in OT

Published on May 3rd, 2011

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

by Mike del Tufo

Monday, May 2, 2011
The Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in overtime in Game 2.  The Flyers had an early 2-0 lead but could not hold it.  Bruins goalie Tim Thomas shut the door on them after that.  The teams head to Boston with the Bruins leading the series 2-0.

In this game, Thomas started in net for the Bruins and Brian Boucher for the Flyers.  Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was again out of the line-up due to an unspecified reason.  He missed the Flyers’ 1st 5 playoff games and then played the three prior to this one.  Danny Syvret took his place.  Jody Shelley also made his playoff debut for the Flyers in this game taking the spot of Zac Rinaldo.

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Propelled by a deafening rendition of “God Bless America” by Lauren Hart, the Flyers came bursting out of the gate with JVR scoring at 0:29 of the 1st period.  The teams then exchanged power-plays with neither being able to convert.  The Bruins were 0 for 27 on the power-play after this failed attempt.  JVR scored again at 9:31 on the power-play to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead.  Bruins got on the board at 12:50 when center Chris Kelly scored.  Brad Marchand of the Bruins then tied it at 14:15 on a weak goal given up by Boucher.  There was a lot of open-ice and run-and-gun hockey towards the end of the 1st period.  Boosh made some nice saves to redeem himself for the last goal. 

The Flyers came out in the 2nd period playing some very uninspired hockey.  They gave the puck away a number of times and had some failed clears.  Boucher then got injured at 11:01 and he was replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky.  At around 12:30, Thomas made an incredible save on Nikolay Zherdev.  JVR was all over the ice trying to complete his hat-trick.  Towards the end of the period, the Bruins were dominating but could not get it by Bob.  The Bruins owned this period but amazingly did not score.  Forward David Krejci should have but hit the post on an open-net. 

Boucher came back for the 3rd period.  Marchand took a cross-checking penalty at 3:21 to give the Flyers a power-play.  At the end of the power-play, Flyers Danny Briere went in alone on Thomas but was denied.  About midway through the 3rd, the crowd started chanting “JVR.”  JVR simply had a fantastic game making plays every time he touched the puck.  At around the 14-minute mark, Bouch made a big save on Nathan Horton.  At 17:21, Bruins Zdeno Chara was called for roughing to give the Flyers a crucial power-play.  They had dominated this period and had a prime opportunity to win the game but could not come beat Thomas.  The Flyers recorded 21 shots in this period alone.

Thomas continued to be a stonewall in overtime.  He would make a total of 10 saves in the extra stanza for a game total of 52 saves.  Krejci scored at 14:01 of overtime to give the Bruins a 3-2 win and a 2-0 series lead.

Philadelphia Flyers Head Coach Peter Laviolette on the loss said, “I thought we played a really hard fought game. We were a little bit loose in the first period defensively where there were some bounces and they caught some breaks behind us. There were a lot of chances both ways but as the game went on I really thought we got stronger and stronger. We kept pushing and I thought that we had lots of opportunities to win the hockey game. Their goaltender played a terrific game and we couldn’t get it done.”

Game 3 is Wednesday May 4th in Boston.

JVR scored 2 goals and was all over the ice but it was not enough

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