Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 2: Krejci Scores Overtime Game-Winner, Boston Takes 2-0 Series Lead

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Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 2: Tim Thomas Stonewalls Philly In Boston Win

David Krejci scored the winner at the 14:01 mark of overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Chris Kelly and Brad Marchand both had a goal in regulation while Tim Thomas stopped 52 shots for the Bruins, who will return home for the next two games with Game 3 set for Wednesday.

Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey isn't gonna sit here and complain. Well, they might complain a little about Boston goalie Tim Thomas, but that's it:

Thomas stole a game. The bounces didn't go their way once or twice (or 30 times). But, they deserved to win the hockey game. It truly is no consolation at this time of year -- a loss is a loss is a loss -- but what is there to complain about? Sometimes this is a brutally unfair game, and that's part of the reason why we love it. Also, why we hate it.

For more on the Flyers, check out Broad Street Hockey. For more on the Bruins, stop by Stanley Cup of Chowder.


Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 2 Final: David Krejci Scores Overtime Winner, But Tim Thomas The Star

David Krejci scored the overtime game-winner with six minutes remaining in the extra session, boosting the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory in Game 2 against the Philadelphia Flyers. It wasn't all sunshine and roses for the Bruins, though, despite the fact that they're leaving the City of Brotherly Love with two wins next to their name.

The Flyers dominated the entire third period and much of the overtime period, outshooting the Bruins by a count of 32-12 over that stretch. Luck wasn't on their side during that time, especially in the final few seconds of regulation as Danny Briere whiffed on a crack at a wide-open net. Indeed, the bounces did not go Philadelphia's way on this night.

That's not to take anything away from the brilliant performance of Tim Thomas, however. He made 52 saves in the victory, several of them flat out highway robbery on fantastic chances. He got lucky himself with the help of friends Post 1, Post 2 and crossbar, but the Bruins all talked after the game about how it was perhaps the best game they've ever seen Thomas play. 

"If it was not for Timmy, we might not be standing here tonight with a win," Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the game. "But that is what goaltenders do for you in playoffs. That is what you like to see, in order to certainly build some confidence on your team. When you know that the goaltender is there to bail you out, it certainly builds a lot of confidence, and Tim has given us that."    

Don't take that as a shot at the goaltending employed by the Philadelphia Flyers, of course. It's been a nightmare in net for the Flyers all playoff long, but in Game 2, they received competent, effective goaltending from both Brian Boucher and Sergei Bobrovsky. Wait, what? Yeah, they used two goalies again on Monday night after Boucher went to the locker room in the second period with Peter Laviolette called a "malfunction." He returned to start the third.

Adam McQuaid left the game in the first period after he took a tumble into the boards after missing a check on Flyers captain Mike Richards. He was sent to a Philadelphia hospital and released, and word is he'll travel back to Boston with the team. No word on his status for Game 3 on Wednesday night at TD Garden.

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 2 Score: Tim Thomas Holds Back Philadelphia Charge, Sends Game To Overtime

Danny Briere had Game 2 on his stick. If he connects with the loose puck just feet from the wide-open goal, we're talking about an even series and a Philadelphia win right now. Instead, the puck bounced away with just seconds on the clock and we're headed to overtime tied at 2-2.

The Boston Bruins should feel extremely lucky about that fact, too. The Flyers completely controlled the entire third period, outshooting the Bruins 22 to 7 in the period. It was completely lopsided in every sense of the word, and Tim Thomas is really the only true reason we're still playing hockey at Wells Fargo Center.

Brian Boucher was good at the other end for Philadelphia though, too. If you read the last update, you're probably wondering what the hell I'm talking about. Sergei Bobrovsky replaced Boucher during the second period after an apparent hand injury, but Boucher came back to start the third period.

He made one huge stop on the door step against Nathan Horton with about five minutes left that preserved things for the Flyers at the time. Zdeno Chara went to the box late in the period with about 2:30 left, but Boston successfully killed off that opportunity. 

And now, extra hockey.


Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 2: Sergei Bobrovsky In After Brian Boucher Injury; Score Tied, 1-1

Hey, so you'll never believe this, but the only reason the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins are still tied at 2-2 after two periods in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals is a goaltender.

A Flyers goaltender.

No, it's not Brian Boucher, the starter who left the game midway through the second after taking a shot off what appeared to be the left hand. Instead, it was the fantastic play of Sergei Bobrosky in the latter part of the second period that kept the Flyers in the contest. Bobrovsky made six saves in relief of Boucher, including several acrobatic ones. 

James van Riemsdyk clearly unlocked a few new cheat codes before this one. He has both Flyers goals and came close to a hat trick on more than one occasion in the second period. If not for more great goaltending by Tim Thomas at the other end, JvR would likely have that trick. Most notably, he made a giant save on a van Riemsdyk pass across the crease, stoning the shot from Nikolay Zherdev.

It's still 2-2 as we enter the third period. Hold on to your hats. 


Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 2: James Van Riemsdyk Scores Two, But Boston Ties Score

After a raucous rendition of "God Bless America" kicked off the festivities prior to Game 2 between the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins, the lone American forward on the Flyers roster decided to take over early and often.

James van Riemsdyk scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of the hockey game, one less than 30 seconds after the opening puck drop, as the home-standing Flyers jumped out to a quick, convincing early advantage.

The woes that they faced in Game 1 were behind them, right? Well, not so fast. Within a span of less than two minutes, the Bruins came back and quickly tied the score on goals from Chris Kelly and Brad Marchand. The same issues the Flyers had in Game 1 -- defensive breakdowns and the inability to clear rebounds in front -- are rearing their ugly heads again.

This time, they're not behind after 20 minutes. We'll see if they can make some adjustments in the final 40.


Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 2: Chris Pronger Out For Philadelphia

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said on Monday morning that Chris Pronger was "okay" after leaving Game 1 just a few minutes before the final horn. With that, we all expected Pronger to be in the lineup for Game 2 here at Wells Fargo Center.

Quite the contrary. We've learned that Pronger is out with an undisclosed injury, unrelated to the hand injury that kept him out down the stretch of the regular season and in the first five games of the Flyers' series vs. Buffalo. Holmgren apparently misled the media this morning in saying that he was fine. Not cool, man.

We don't know the injury Pronger suffered in Game 1, but there is speculation that it's a lower-body injury. Peter Laviolette will dress Danny Syvret, who dressed for all seven games in the Buffalo series, in Pronger's place. Syvret's a capable sixth defenseman with some offensive prowess and the ability to play on the power play a bit, but he's obviously not Chris Pronger. 


Bruins Vs. Flyers, Game 2: Philadelphia Needs Big Bounce Back Game To Even Series

We all assumed that Game 1 between the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins would be a tight-checking, close contest, with the victor coming out on top by perhaps a goal, maybe two if they were lucky or an empty net factored in the final goal tally.

But that's the exact opposite of what we saw at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon, as the Bruins' top line of David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic completely dismantled the Flyers defense to the tune of three goals en route to a 7-3 triumph.

The B's have the series edge, a sudden grasp on home ice advantage and all the confidence in the world as we enter Monday's Game 2, but for the Flyers, it's been all about turning the page and forgetting about a horrible outing to kick off the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

If there's any solace for those in Philly, it's that it'll be hard for the Flyers to play as poorly as they did on Saturday. The defense was completely disjointed, Brian Boucher wasn't good behind them and Peter Laviolette's coaching left much to be desired. The offense did get three goals by Tim Thomas, so that's a positive sign.

If the Flyers can get anything that resembles defense in Game 2, we should have a much more interesting hockey game on our hands. It's Boucher vs. Thomas again, and Chris Pronger is listed as a game-time decision for the game. We'll have live updates from the Wells Fargo Center throughout the evening.

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