The hub of hockey will be taking a look at the top 10 Bruins regular season games of 2010-11, followed by the top ten playoff games of the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Today we take a look at No. 7: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Game 2, Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers.
After a lopsided 7-1 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals the Bruins knew they would see a much better Flyers team, and they certainly did. If it wasn’t for the play of Tim Thomas the series very much could have headed back to Boston tied at one apiece.
The Flyers started the game off with a bang when James van Riemsdyk scored just 29 seconds into play. Nearly nine minutes later Van Riemsdyk was at it again, this time on the power play giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead, that’s when Tim Thomas and the Bruins turned on the switch.
The Bruins cut the lead in half three minutes after Philadelphia’s second goal, when Chris Kelly tapped in a loose rebound from Flyers goalie Brian Boucher.
Less than two minutes later the Bruins would even things up after a beautiful wrist shot from Brad Marchand.
After tying the game the Bruins got a bit sloppy, and Flyers picked up the tempo, but Tim Thomas did everything he could, and then some making sure he kept the Flyers off the bored for the remainder of the game.
The teams headed to overtime after a scoreless second and third period.
Six minutes into the extra frame, David Krejci beat Boucher with a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle, the Bruins celebrated as they thought they had won the game, but the referees waved off the goal, and play continued.
After play had stopped the referees took a look at the play, and saw it was clear the puck had gone into the net and bounced back out, giving the Bruins the 3-2 overtime victory.
The real story here was Tim Thomas. After allowing the second Flyers goal in the first period, Thomas stopped 46 consecutive Flyers shots, including multiple breakaway stops.
Bruins Goal Scorers: Kelly, Marchand, Krejci
Lightning Goal Scorers: Van Riemsdyk
The Flyers set a team record for shots in a period in a home playoff game with 22 shots on goal in the third period.
The OT win was the Bruins third of the postseason.
The 54 shots the Bruins faced was the most the franchise has faced in a playoff game since Montreal had 58 on April 3, 1947 in a 4-3 double overtime Canadiens win.