PHILADELPHIA — Thanks in large part to a four point game by David Krejci, the Boston Bruins jumped out to a 1-0 lead in their second round series with the Philadelphia Flyers to the tune of 7-3 victory Saturday in the Wells Fargo Center.
“David Krejci was a real good player for us, there is no doubt there,” said B’s Head Coach Claude Julien, postgame. “He’s capable of being that and I think he’s ready to face this challenge.”
Krejci scored two goals, added two assists on a plus-3 effort off of four shots and 19:31 of ice time.
BostonBruins.com – Boston’s top two lines came out ready to play and scored six of the Bruins seven goals to lead Boston to the 7-3 victory over Philadelphia in Game 1 this afternoon.
Boston’s top line of David Krejci centering Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton gave Boston the early lead, and kept the pressure on Philadelphia throughout the entire first period, and forced the Flyers to make personnel changes to better match-up with the line.
Krejci got the scoring started for Boston with his second goal of the postseason just 1:52 into the game, assisted by Horton and Seidenberg.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Boston has another series lead over the Flyers, but the Bruins are counting on a few new faces to keep this one for good.
David Krejci and Brad Marchand each scored two goals, and the Bruins took out their frustration from one of the great collapses in postseason history with a 7-3 win over Philadelphia on Saturday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
For the second straight season, the Bruins lead the Flyers in the second round. The Bruins went ahead 3-0 a year ago, then the Flyers became the third NHL team to rally with four straight victories to win a best-of-seven series.
2nd Intermission — The B’s broke out for four goals in the 2nd, chased Philadelphia starter Brian Boucher and lead 5-2 going into the final 20 minutes.
Believe it or not, this game could be even more lopsided if the Black & Gold could have capitalized on any of their four power plays and if the score remains in favor of Boston there will be plenty of notes/stories on the B’s inability to score with a man advantage.
Shots are 24-23 for the B’s after two periods and, despite the three goal lead, Tim Thomas has had to be sharp.
PHILADELPHIA — The Bruins were all saying similar things as they prepared for this afternoon’s Round 1, Game 1 match-up in Philadelphia.
"[We’re just] trying to keep it a lot more simple," said defenseman Johnny Boychuk of the B’s mindset going into this particular series as opposed to previous playoff rounds.
"I think we’re just worried about what we’re going to do on the ice," added Boychuk. "If we need to make adjustments we will, but we’re just worried about our game right now and ready to do the same thing we did the last series."
PHILADELPHIA — There’s no morning skate for the Boston Bruins game roster, but there’s a real decent chance that the “Green Line” of Tyler Seguin, Jamie Arniel and Jordan Caron were on the ice earlier this morning with fellow rookies defenseman Matt Bartkowski and goalie Anton Khudobin.
The bright green jerseys that the rookie forwards now sport during practice has become a badge of honor for Seguin and his linemates. As such, they went the way of Shawn Thornton’s “Merlot Line” and named their trio according to the jersey color and were thus dubbed “The Green Goblins.”
"I am a Spider-Man fan," said Seguin when asked about the nickname for his line. "I remember when I first saw these green jerseys, Arniel and I were just coming up with names."
The Bruins took care of business defeating the Montreal Canadiens in seven games in Round 1 and are now prepared to face of the Broad Street Bullies of Philadelphia.
The Flyers watched Wednesday night’s Game 7 match-up between the Bruins and Canadiens, waiting to learn who their next opponent would be. Nathan Horton’s second overtime game-winner of the first round propelled the Bruins to Philadelphia where they flew yesterday afternoon following a morning practice at TD Garden.
NHL.com — Boston won three of the four meetings this season, and their only loss came in overtime. Tim Thomas started all four games, going 3-0-1 with a 1.95 goals-against average and .942 save percentage. The Flyers’ only win came Dec. 11, when team captain Mike Richards scored with three seconds left in overtime for a 2-1 win at TD Garden.
The Bruins are coming off the high of their Game 7 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens, while the Flyers are feeling pretty good about themselves after rallying from a 3-2 series deficit to beat the Buffalo Sabres in Game 7.
One of the keys this year could be the health of two players who missed most or all of last year’s series with the Flyers — center David Krejci and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.
Steven Stamkos sends Lightning past Capitals in Game 1 (ESPN.com)
Sean Bergenheim scored early, Steven Stamkos added the go-ahead goal on a power play, and Roloson made 26 saves, helping the Lightning beat Alex Ovechkin and the top-seeded Washington Capitals 4-2 on Friday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Rookie Ferriero nets overtime winner as Sharks edge Wings (TSN.ca)
Little-used Benn Ferriero scored 7:03 into overtime of his playoff debut on a deflected goal that gave the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series.
Crosby: Symptoms recurred during comeback try (NHL.com)
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is optimistic about returning fully healthy for next season, but acknowledges he recently had a setback in his recovery from a concussion. Crosby, who didn’t play after Jan. 5, stopped skating with his teammates during off-day practices and morning skates midway through the Penguins’ seven-game playoff series loss to Tampa after experiencing concussion-related symptoms.
1999: Anson Carter scores at 14:45 of the second overtime period in a 4-3 Boston win at the Carolina Hurricanes in their Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series. Boston had scored three goals in a 1:52 span of the third period (0:34, 1:59 & 2:26) to rally from an 0-2 deficit. Ray Bourque plays an amazing 53:26 during the game.
BostonBruins.com — Head Coach Claude Julien talked about the differences between Round 1 and Round 2 prior to the Bruins departure for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal match-up with the Flyers on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.
"Well as far as comparisons, I think the one thing that I can tell you about our team is that we don’t need to change a lot of things," began Julien. "We obviously have to get better in certain areas, but I don’t think as a whole our team has to change a lot.
"Obviously, they’re a little bit of a bigger team and they do have some skill up front. Montreal had some skill up front. Everybody is questioning their goaltending, but their goaltending has always seemed to do the job.
BOSTON – Now that the Bruins have finally taken care of the Montreal Canadiens, the Black & Gold are ready to move on to their next opponent: the Philadelphia Flyers.
Unlike the Montreal series that pitted speed against strength, this series will feature similar systems squaring off as the Big Bad Bruins take on the Broad Street Bullies.
But while the Canadiens conference quarterfinal series was surround by all the hype expected of a first round match-up between long time rivals, the Flyers series isn’t exactly going to be a snooze-fest.
Roberto Luongo blanks Predators as Canucks take Game 1 (ESPN.com)
Luongo made nine of his 20 saves in the third period to ensure Christopher Higgins’ second-period goal stood up as the Canucks opened the second-round series with a 1-0 win over Nashville.
Perry, Daniel Sedin, St. Louis in running for Hart Trophy (TSN.ca)
Vancouver Canucks left-winger Daniel Sedin will go for an unprecedented family double at the NHL awards banquet June 22. Sedin, right-winger Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning right-winger Martin St. Louis were named finalists for the Hart Trophy on Thursday.
Hawks already looking toward next season (NHL.com)
Patrick Kane was sporting a shiner over his right eye that spoke volumes for the way this season went for both he and his Chicago Blackhawks teammates. There were tough times and good times for the defending Stanley Cup champions in 2011, but in the end they were left bloodied, bruised and ready to lick their wounds this summer in preparation for next season.
BOSTON — "I’m excited about tonight," said Bruins forward Chris Kelly prior to Game 7. “There’s no better feeling than playing Game 7.”
Kelly was just slightly off — there’s no better feeling than winning Game 7, and for 9:41 in the third period (when the Habs’ P. K. Subban tied the contest at 18:03 of the third period), the former Senator held the would-be game-winning tally for Boston after his stick made contact with Montreal defenseman Roman Hamrlik and Kelly kept skating toward the Canadiens goal.
"It just happened — I think my stick caught him. It just happened to be going through for the puck," said Kelly. "Obviously, it’s never someone’s intention to get someone with their stick."
Dwayne Roloson, Lightning deny Pens, earn date with Capitals (ESPN.com)
But try as he might to diminish his role in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s comeback from down big in their first-round playoff series, history doesn’t lie. When it comes to coming up big in must-win scenarios in the postseason, there aren’t many who can match Roloson.
Canucks GM Gillis fined for comments about officiating (TSN.ca)
Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis has been fined an undisclosed amount for his comments regarding the officiating prior to Game 7 with the Chicago Blackhawks. After the Canucks lost three straight games to the Blackhawks to even their series, Gillis addressed the media to outline his issues with the disparity in penalty calls in the series.
New York Rangers to play exhibition game in Prague (NHL.com)
The New York Rangers will play a special exhibition game against HC Sparta Prague at TESLA Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, Sept. 29, as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge.
BOSTON, MA - The Boston Bruins announced their game, practice and media availability schedule for the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Semifinal series against the Philadelphia Flyers. The club also announced the ticket on-sale information for the first three home games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
The Bruins will not practice on Thursday, April 28, however Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli will hold a press conference in the TD Garden.
Games 1 and 2 of the B’s/Flyers series will be played in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, April 30 at 3:00 p.m. ET and on Monday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Bruins will then host the Flyers for Games 3 and 4 on Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. ET and Friday, May 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET at the TD Garden. If necessary, Game 5 is set for Sunday, May 8 at 3:00 p.m. ET in Philadelphia, while Game 6 will be back in Boston on Tuesday, May 10 (time TBD), and Game 7 will be played in Philadelphia on Thursday, May 12 (time TBD).
BOSTON – It was a defining moment in Boston Bruins history. It was Boston vs. Montreal in Game 7 at TD Garden. And it was Nathan Horton who delivered the game-winning goal erupting the sold-out crowd of 17,565 and giving the Bruins a 4-3 victory.
Horton slammed the puck past Montreal goaltender Carey Price just 5:43 into the overtime period for his third postseason goal, his second overtime game winner and Boston’s first Game 7 victory in 17 years.
“I mean, it felt pretty good. I don’t remember too much. I remember [Milan Lucic] coming up with the puck and I just tried to get open, and I tried putting the puck towards the net. Luckily it got deflected off someone and it went straight in. That’s all I remember,” Horton said of the tally.
BOSTON (AP) - It took Nathan Horton six years to make the playoffs.
Once he got there, he showed the value of patience.
Horton scored his second overtime goal of the postseason on Wednesday night, waiting until 5:43 of the extra period in Game 7 to give Boston a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens and help the Bruins advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
3rd Intermission — Chris Kelly was set to be the hero, but penalties — warranted or not — continue to be the story behind the story in these playoffs and with Patrice Bergeron in the box, P.K. Subban lit the lamp (very) late for Montreal and will keep the home fires burning throughout New England and Quebec.
"Unbelieveable" and "can’t happen" were heard around ice level as media members who had been getting ready for postgame duties watched a replay of Subban’s shot.
But, at this point, would anything be unbelievable in this series?
2nd Intermission — Tim Thomas has 19 saves through 40 minutes and has kept the Bruins from falling behind in what is now a game in which Montreal owns the momentum.
Numerous opportunities have gone by the wayside for the Black & Gold who have had at least three offsides infractions called as they skated into the Canadiens zone. And beyond the B’s inability to generate any discernible attack, the Habs’ Carey Price (14 saves) has been just as solid as Thomas since the B’s scored their first two goals.
It’s 2-2 after two. But the score won’t stay even if the B’s have another period like the second.
1st Intermission — The Bruins jumped out to a quick two-goal lead off goals by Johnny Boychuk and Mark Recchi, but after a timeout by head coach Jacques Martin — and in the spirit of the rest of the series — the Habs were fast to counter with a goal by Yannick Weber and zombie-like return from near death.
The game is back where everyone thought it would be at 2-1 on the scoreboard for Boston and 9-9 shot totals.
Andrew Ference nearly predicted as much in his pregame comments.