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Postgame Reaction: Game 1 @ Philadelphia

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins – 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.

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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.

“It’s nice to see that line do so well tonight. They obviously had some challenges in the last series. And although two of the overtime goals were scored by that line, but tonight I thought they were a real solid line,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said.

“They did their job and they did it well and David Krejci was a real good player for us, there is no doubt there. And he’s capable of being that and I think he’s ready to face this challenge.”

Flyers forward Danny Briere tied the game up at 11:02, sliding in behind Horton in Boston’s zone to slam the 4x4 goal past Boston netminder Tim Thomas.

Before the end of the period, Horton had doubled the Bruins scoring, camping out in front of the net and banging home a rebound off Philadelphia goaltender Brian Boucher.  Horton’s fourth tally of the postseason at 19:24 was assisted by Krejci and Seidenberg, giving all three players multiple point games before the end of the first frame.

“It was a great pinch and [Seidenberg] took it and took a couple of guys in the corner to take it out. And I was there and I didn’t see Krejci and his stick came and hit it and I just tried to get the rebound,” Horton said.

Boston took the 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

Philadelphia defenseman Chris Pronger matched up against Boston’s top line, but couldn’t stifle the big threesome alone. The Flyers began rolling out Mike Richards, arguably their best defensive forward to help keep Lucic, Horton and Krejci at bay.

The changes for Philadelphia didn’t make much of a different as the Bruins netted three unanswered goals to begin the second period. Recchi started things off for Boston with his second goal of the postseason. Marchand netted the third of the period and Boston’s fifth of the game at 12:14, prompting Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette to replace Boucher in net with Sergei Bobrovsky.

But in between Recchi and Marchand it was Boston’s top line once again. Krejci won the faceoff in the offensive zone back to Adam McQuaid. McQuaid ripped a shot towards net and Krejci, who had good stick position on Philadelphia’s Darroll Powe, tipped the puck past Boucher, for his second tally of the night.

“Great way to start, he played amazing tonight. It showed obviously on the score sheet, but of that he was pretty good for us,” Horton said of Krejci.

“It’s so special of a player and we want him to have to the puck as much as possible. He creates so much off that and he gives everyone else and change to score and a chance to play.”

James van Riemsdyk got one back to Philly at 17:30 in the second, but the Bruins went into the second intermission with a 5-2 lead.

Mike Richards scored a power play goal for Philadelphia in the third, but Boston quickly got the goal back as Marchand netted his second of the night at 14:59.

“Well they definitely play a high pressure game. We have to be quick, put pucks in net, making good passes, which we didn’t do all night,” Seidenberg said of Philadelphia’s ability to battle.

“But for the most part we handled it all right, but there is still a lot to do.”

Gregory Campbell put the cap on the scoring for Boston leading them to the 7-3 win and the 1-0 series lead.
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