BOSTON — The Bruins couldn’t have asked for a better start as Zdeno Chara and David Krejci scored two goals just 63 seconds apart to give Boston a 2-0 lead over the Philadelphia Flyers at the end of the first period.
- It’s surprising to look at the hit total to see that the Flyers have a 15-14 advantage. That’s not to say that the Flyers haven’t thrown their weight around, because they have, but the Bruins hits seem to be more effective as they are knocking the opposition off the ice. Brad Marchand and Ville Leino lead their squads with four hits each.
- To no one’s surprise, however, Peter Laviolette took his timeout just 1:03 into the contest after seeing his team give up two goals. Those two goals in 63 seconds is a Flyers franchise record for giving up the quickest two goals to start a contest.
- Both of Brian Boucher’s goals that he’s given up have been very soft. Although he bounced back and made eight saves the rest of the period, he’s looked pretty shaky in net. It was a little surprising that we didn’t see Boucher pulled for Sergei Bobrovsky after he gave up the second goal to Krejci
- Although the Bruins’ power play struggles have been well documented, the Flyers PP has had their fare share of struggles too, despite scoring twice with the man-advantage in the first two games. The B’s killed the power play with ease and sent the puck down the ice every time they touched the rubber. With Patrice Bergeron serving a minor for hooking, the Flyers will have 1:45 of power play time remaining to begin the period.
- The top line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton have been very impressive this postseason and continue to impress in Game 3. Horton, however, left the bench in the first period and went to the Bruins locker room — for unknown reasons at this time. Gregory Campbell replaced Horton on the first line during the last couple shifts in the first.
- The Bruins have won 14 of 17 faceoffs in the first period. Claude Giroux, Darroll Powe and Danny Briere won the Flyers’ only faceoffs this period, while Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell and David Krjeci won all their draws, going 12-for-12 combined from the dot.
- In his first game since the Game 2 of the Montreal series, Shane Hnidy logged a grand total of 54 seconds. It’s safe to say that the Bruins will be using him sparingly during his shifts.