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Postgame Reaction: Game 2 @ Philadelphia

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins – David Krejci scored the overtime game-winner and Tim Thomas made 52 saves to give the Bruins a 2-0 series lead with the 3-2 victory Monday night in Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.

Linesman Pierre Racicot, left, gets tangles up with Marchand, center, and Kris Versteeg, right in front of the Bruins' bench in the first period in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NHL Stanley Cup playoffs series, Monday, May 2, 2011, in Philadelphia. The Bruins won 3-2. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
James van Riemsdyk gave the Flyers a quick two-goal cushion, scoring just 29 seconds into the match and then again at the 9:31 mark on the power play.

Boston wasn’t down for long though as Chris Kelly cut Philadelphia’s lead in half at the 12:50 mark and then Brad Marchand tied things up with under six minutes to go in the frame. Marchand’s goal, assisted by linemates Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi, was the rookie’s fourth of the postseason.

Philadelphia again made a goaltending change in the second period, but this time it was due to an apparent injury to Brian Boucher. Boucher stopped a slapper off the stick of Johhny Boychuk and came up in obvious pain. He left the game for the remainder of the period and was replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky.

Both teams had ample scoring opportunities but stops from both Thomas and Bobrovsky -- who had help on a Krejci backhanded bid from the left post -- kept the score knotted at two heading into the third period.

“Our D did a good job of stepping up and I know they really played a lot of their top four Ds, had a lot of ice time,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said after the game.

“And it looked like both teams had a really short bench tonight and you could tell in overtime the fatigue was setting in on both sides and it was a matter of will and desire.”

Despite making six second period stops, Bobrovsky did not return for the third period, as Boucher was back in net for Philadelphia.

The teams traded opportunities early and play went up and down the ice for the entirety of the third period. Neither team was able to net the winner.

“Even in the third period, they had us hanging in our zone a couple times. You know, Timmy made not one, two or three, but he made a lot of phenomenal saves to even keep us in the game because they were playing really well,” Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk said of Tim Thomas.

“They were playing a strong game.”

Philadelphia dominated the opening minutes of overtime, but Boston had their chances. Rich Peverley hit the post and on the other end of the ice Thomas stood strong for Boston.

“Tell in overtime the fatigue was setting in on both sides and it was a matter of will and desire. Somebody has to find a way to win and that’s the one thing we did well was we found a way to win,” Julien said.

David Krejci eventually netted the game-winner 14:01 into the overtime with an assist from linemate Nathan Horton.  The goal was originally waved off and play continued, but after a review at the next stoppage the goal was counted and the Bruins won.

“I saw it, I didn’t know if hit the crossbar or went in but there is a couple guys jumping off the bench and we didn’t know if it went in; we would have looked stupid if it didn’t go in and we’re jumping and celebrating,” Boychuk said.

“Luckily, it did go in.”

Boston will take their 2-0 series lead back to Boston where Game 3 will take place on Wednesday night in TD Garden.
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