For the second postseason in a row, the Bruins beat the Flyers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, this one much less dramatic then the last.
The Bruins scored early and scored often in this one, taking down the Flyers 7-3.
Bruins top center David Krejci led all Bruins with four points (two goals). Brad Marchand also scored twice and added an assist. Patrice Bergeron kept his solid play in the playoffs going with three assists.
Nathan Horton, Mark Recchi, and Gregory Campbell were the other Bruins goal scorers.
The obvious player of the game was Krejci, No. 46 struggled in the opening series against the Montreal Canadiens, but last night was hopefully his coming out party.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien was pleased with his top center.
”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.” said Julien.
Bruins rookie Brad Marchand had a tremendous regular season, and he has certainly carried that into the playoffs.
With his three points in Game 1, No. 63 now has eight points in the playoffs. Marchand is tied with Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen for the league lead in playoff plus/minus at plus eight.
Julien is happy with the play of the rookie, and knows he has more in him.
“Well that’s just it. I think Brad [Marchand] has gotten much better. And the standard is there is always room for improvement, but he is so much better at being able to ride that fine line. And he’s one of those guys that can be a pest, but he’s also a very good hockey player and we need him as much on the ice as anything else. But you never want to take away one of the things that he does well and you have to let him do it. And as long as he doesn’t cross the line I have no issues with that.”
The biggest problem for the Flyers throughout the regular season and into the playoffs has been the goaltending.
Brian Boucher got the start for the Flyers, but didn’t last long. Boucher allowed five goals on 23 shots and was pulled in the second. Boucher was replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky who wasn’t much better.
Bobrovsky allowed two goals on 10 shots in less than a period and a half.
Boucher struggled with controlling rebounds, and the Bruins capitalized on the extra chances.
“There’s some plays where I was able to make the first save and not able to make the second,” Boucher said. “I’d have to look at the video to see if I could have done anything about those rebounds.”
The Bruins know they won’t score seven goals every game, but if they keep playing their game they should be just fine.
Game 2 is Monday night in Philadelphia.