Bruins a win away from another 3-0 lead on Flyers
Wednesday, 05.04.2011 / 7:00 PM
Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing EditorFLYERS at BRUINS
(Boston leads best-of-seven series, 2-0)
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Game 1 hero David Krejci
struck again, with six minutes left in the first overtime period, scoring past Brian Boucher to give the Bruins a 3-2 victory Monday and a sweep of the two games in Philadelphia.
The Flyers threw 54 shots on net, including 32 during the third period and overtime, but goalie Tim Thomas
kept the Bruins in the game until Krejci could win it.
Captain Mike Richards has experienced a lot in his hockey life. But even he couldn't remember if he ever had an outing like Game 2 against the Bruins, when he took a game-high 10 shots, but couldn't find the back of the net.
That came after he fired eight shots on net in Game 1; at least he had his first goal of the playoffs to show for that effort. He was hoping that would be the start of something good for him.
"I felt like if I had another eight shots like I had in Game 1 I would score," Richards told reporters Tuesday. "(In Game 2) I had 10 and I didn't. It's frustrating."
Rather than dwell on his missed opportunities, Richards instead is confident in the fact that it can't happen again.
"If I keep throwing pucks toward the net, if I get another 10 shots (in Game 3), I have a good feeling one of them is going to go in," he said.
When it comes to the Boston blue line, the first name that comes to mind is team captain and Norris Trophy finalist Zdeno Chara
. But in eight playoff games, Chara has just 1 point and missed a game in the first round due to dehydration.
His defense partner, Dennis Seidenberg
, has more than ably stepped into a leading-man role for the Bruins. He has 5 points and a plus-5 rating in nine games, and he's averaging a team-leading 28:33 of ice time per game. He was on the ice for a game-high 36:26 in Game 2 against the Flyers.
"I would say he's a horse," coach Claude Julien told reporters Tuesday. "He's strong, and you look at the minutes he's been logging as well, (and) he doesn't get tired -- he can take it. He's a big, strong individual, he competes well. When we acquired him the one thing we knew about him was he was really a big-game player and he's proven that and even more so.
"When you look at the way he's performed, you can see how much we missed him last year in the playoffs and how better we would have been as a team with him in it. He's been good, he competes well and the bigger the game, the better he gets. And we hope that he keeps playing that way because he's been an unsung hero to many. But certainly he hasn't eluded our view of him."
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron
has 4 assists in the first two games against the Flyers, and has been lauded by his coach as the team's best all-round forward. … Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk
had both of their goals in Game 2. It was the fifth straight game he scored a goal, and he's tied with teammate Danny Briere
for the postseason lead with 7 goals.
Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid
is listed as day to day with a sprained neck. Julien said fellow blueliner Steven Kampfer
has just started skating again after suffering a knee injury on a minor-league assignment. … Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger
, who missed Game 2 with an undisclosed injury, is listed as day to day. Forward Jeff Carter, who skated on his own for about 10 minutes Tuesday, also is day to day, with a lower-body injury. Forward Andreas Nodl
(upper body) and goalie Michael Leighton
(lower body) also are day to day.
In six home games, the Flyers have managed to score the most goals (18) and allow the most (21). In three road games, however, they've outscored their opposition 9-7.
The way Flyers coach Peter Laviolette sees things, all the pressure in the series now lies with the Bruins.
"When you lose your first two games in your home building, I would say that there is a real expectation for the Bruins to win the series now," he said following Game 2. "So it relieves us of the pressure, I believe, a little bit, to just go in and play a game in Boston."
A day later, he felt the same way.
"We're going to go into Boston and have some fun," he told reporters Tuesday. "We just put our comfortable slippers on. … The pressure, it really gets alleviated a bit when you're down."