PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 30: The Boston Bruins celebrate a goal by Mark Recchi #28 at 2:33 of the second period as James van Riemsdyk #21 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates to the bench in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on April 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 1: Boston Puts Up Seven Goals, Cruises To Convincing Victory In Philly

The Bruins top line remembered how to score and the Philadelphia Flyers forgot how to play as Boston stormed to a 7-3 victory in Game 1.

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Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 1 Final Score: Boston Steamrolls Philadelphia In Decisive Victory

It was a day to forget for the Philadelphia Flyers and their fans, while for the few yellow-clad faithful of the Boston Bruins in attendance, it was a sweet, sweet afternoon at Wells Fargo Center. The Bruins put up seven goals on the home team en route to a 7-3 rout, and in every sense of the word, Boston completely dominated every aspect of the game. 

Well, maybe not the power play. That's still terrible. But in terms of five-on-five play, goaltending, defense, winning puck battles, coaching and hell, fan support, the Bruins were the better club on Saturday in Game 1. David Krejci scored two goals and added two assists, while line mate Nathan Horton added a goal and an assist of his own.

The match-up decisions Flyers coach Peter Laviolette made in the game were slightly confusing, to say the least. He chose to throw his top scoring line, rather than his shutdown unit, up against Krejci, Horton and Milan Lucic throughout the game. That led to several chances and at least two goals for the Bruins in the game. Beyond that, though, the Flyers just didn't show up to play.

Boston was the better hockey team in every aspect of the hockey game, and we head into Monday's Game 2 with the Bruins holding a 1-0 series lead. For more on the series, check our Bruins vs. Flyers hub, as well as our blogs: Broad Street Hockey on the Flyers and Stanley Cup of Chowder on the Bruins. 


Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 1: Brian Boucher Pulled As Boston Grabs Huge 5-2 Lead

Tell me if you didn't see this one coming: Brian Boucher has been pulled from the Philadelphia Flyers crease, and Sergei Bobrovsky, the goalie who was quickly dispatched to the press box after a poor Game 2 in the first round against Buffalo, is now in net. It's never dull when it comes to the Flyers goaltending situation. 

The reasoning, of course, is that the Boston Bruins are flying, up 5-2, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Flyers. The first line has been particularly impressive, as David Krejci has put in two goals and Nathan Horton has added one of his own.

Inexplicably, Peter Laviolette has failed to match his shutdown defensive line of Mike Richards, Kris Versteeg and Dan Carcillo against the Bruins top unit. Instead, he's used a mix of his top scoring line and his grinder line, and the Bruins have taken full advantage. To say Claude Julien is outcoaching Laviolette in Game 1 would be an understatement.

James van Riemsdyk cut the Boston lead down to just three goals late in the second period, and there's still 20 minutes of game left, but the Bruins are playing a suffocating defensive game and they're winning just about every loose puck. That has to change if Philly wants to find their way back. 

In the meantime, the Wells Fargo Center decibel level is just like a game against Atlanta in November, not the first game of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 1: Boston's Top Line Scores Twice In First; B's Lead, 2-1

The Boston Bruins barely escaped the first round against the Montreal Canadiens, mostly because their top line of Nathan Horton, David Krejci and Milan Lucic failed to do much of anything offensively. 

If the first period of Game 1 of their second round series against the Philadelphia Flyers is any indication, that tide may turn. Horton and Krejci each scored  -- one early in the period, one in the final minute -- to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead over the Flyers after 20 minutes of play. Danny Briere scored at the 11:02 mark to tie the score at 1-1. 

Before you think about blaming the Flyers goaltending, know that it wasn't exactly Brian Boucher's fault on either goal. The Flyers got caught napping defensively on each goal, allowing the Bruins plenty of room to waltz into the crease and pick up second chance opportunities.

Peter Laviolette has matched Ville Leino, Briere and Scott Hartnell up against that Bruins top line so far, but he'll likely change that up as the second period begins. Conversely, though, that matchup did work in the Flyers favor on Briere's goal, as Horton was caught sleeping near Tim Thomas' crease. Briere was able to step in front, receive a pass from Braydon Coburn and dance around Thomas for the goal.

Still lots of hockey to be played here at Wells Fargo Center on this Saturday afternoon.


Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 1: Led By Tim Thomas, Boston Begins Shot At Redemption

Ever since Nathan Horton's game-winning OT goal in Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens crossed the goal line behind Carey Price, the talk has been all about how the Boston Bruins will redeem themselves for their epic, history-making collapse against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals a year ago.

As we prepare for Game 1 between the two teams in the 2011 NHL playoffs, that's still where we are. Looking back on a year ago, wondering whether or not we'll see a repeat or redemption. And that's all fine and good, of course, because after all, these teams are both very similar from the ones that faced off a year ago.

But there are still big differences. Tuukka Rask was in goal for the Bruins in 2010, while Tim Thomas has jumped ahead and grabbed that starting job with a Vezina-worthy campaign this season. He's perhaps the biggest X-factor in Game 1 and the series. Can he stop the extremely potent Philadelphia offense? It won't be easy, but if anybody can, it's Thomas.

In front of Thomas, the Bruins frankly did not play well in the first round against Montreal. The top line of Nathan Horton, David Krejci and Milan Lucic combined for just four goals and two assists against the Canadiens, and that's just not going to cut it against the Flyers, despite their less-than-stellar goaltending.

The key for the Bruins will be to get the power play going, especially since the Flyers are an extremely strong five-on-five team. They can be prone to take silly penalties, though, so the B's will get their chances with the man advantage. It's going to take a conversion rate better than zero percent, though, to make Philly pay.

The puck drops on Game 1 at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon, broadcast across the U.S. on NBC.

We're here at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia providing live updates of the game, so be sure to stick with us throughout the afternoon. You can also find fan coverage from our Flyers blog, Broad Street Hockey, and our Bruins blog, Stanley Cup of Chowder

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