The Boston Bruins rode a three goal second period en route to a 7-3 butt-whooping of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game One in Philadelphia. The Bruins got 2 goals apiece from David Krejci and Brad Marchand, and one each from Mark Recchi, Gregory Campbell, and Nathan Horton. Tim Thomas made 31 saves preserving the victory for the Boston Bruins giving them the all important Game One win.
The first line, that was on milk cartons for much of the Montreal series, really showed up today. Krejci had 2 goals and 2 assists, Horton had himself a goal and an assist, and Milan Lucic had a plus 3 with 4 hits. The Bruins dominated the game from start to finish on Philadelphia’s home ice. It was clear they enjoyed the more physical play that Philadelphia provides rather than Montreal.
The Bruins were able to expose the Flyers’ weakness knocking Brian Boucher out of net as the Flyers goalie problems continue. As a Bruins fan it was a lot more enjoyable watching the Bruins fire away against Boucher rather than Carey Price. If the Bruins can continue to pepper whoever the Flyers trot out to net, the series should be over rather quickly. The Bruins must continue to apply as much pressure as possible much like they did today.
The problems with the power play have continued for the Bruins however. The Bruins were 0-5 tonight on the power play prompting me to start with a series of “The last time the Bruins scored a playoff goal…” Until they do score, I will have a quote on every power play. This started in the third period of today’s game. I invite you to join me in these quotes!
The last time the Bruins scored a power play goal women weren’t allowed to vote.
The last time the Bruins scored a power play goal the drinking age was 18.
There is apart of me that really wishes they Bruins could decline the penalty like in the NFL because they are playing better when its 5 on 5 out there.
I am cautiously optimistic with the Game 1 win over the Flyers. It wasn’t long ago (1 year) that the Bruins got up 3-0 on this Flyer squad and lost the series. That was the past. The time is now. The Bruins were able to finish their opportunities in Game 1 that they were unable to finish in the Montreal Series.
Let’s hope those trends continue. And let’s hope for some power play goals! Game 2 is Monday, 7:30 in Philadelphia.
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