As the Boston Bruins advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifianls with a seven-game series win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night, they are now quickly up one-love against the Flyers after a 7-3 destruction in Game 1 in Philadelphia last night.
There were a few key players in their win over the Habs; there were even more in game 1 last night.
So let’s get to it, shall we? The player of the week — Playoff Edition:
Patrice Bergeron: Now riding a two-game point-streak, Bergeron has posted 0-4-4, plus-3, 10 shots on goal, has won 42 face-offs for a 56.8 winning percentage, and seven of his team-leading 22 hits last week. Continuously being rolled-out against the opposition’s top-lines, Bergeron still sits on top of the B’s leaderboad in points (10) and shots on goal (30), and has points in six of his last seven contests.
Still riding high from Game 7’s overtime winner, Nathan Horton notched 2-1-3 scoring totals last week with a plus-3 rating and six shots on goal. As long as No. 18 remains hot and active, he could be — along with linemate David Krejci — the X Factor this series versus Philly.
One question surrounding Brad Marchand was if he could carry his great rookie regular season into the post season. Well, there’s no question about that anymore. The 22-year-old had 2-2-4 totals (including points in four of his last five) with a team-high plus-5 rating and seven shots on goal over the last three games. He, along with linemate Bergeron each had a three-point night yesterday against the Flyers.
Benefiting with Zdeno Chara as his counterpart on the blueline, Dennis Seidenberg has been making up for lost time during these playoffs. After missing the entire post season last year, the 6-foot-1 defenseman has tallied 1-2-3, a plus-5 rating, seven shots on goal, and seven of his team-leading 21 blocked shots last week.
If it weren’t for Tim Thomas, one could question whether the B’s would still be playing right now and not hitting the links. With a .925 save=percentage last week, No. 30 had allowed just eight goals-against on 106 shots in over 184 minutes of time. Throughout the post season, Thomas has faced an average of 33 shots against per game.
If David Krejci didn’t show up in a big, big way last night, there’s be no chance for No. 46 to be nominated here. He hadn’t scored a point since Game 3 against Montreal, and has been — up until last night — one of the biggest disappointments on the team. But nonetheless, Krejci pulled through in the clutch: 2-2-4 (all last night), plus-4, nine shots on goal and won 54.3-percent of his draws. In order for the Bruins to advance to the Conference Finals, they are going to need Krejci to continue to produce offensively.
So, without further ado….