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  • Boston Bruins player of the week: May 2–8, 2011


    Boston Bruins player of the week: May 2–8, 2011

    Joe Makarski May 8, 2011

    (Photo: Bridget Samuels/Ikeastan) Thomas stole the show in Round 2

    Here’s something I won;t get sick of writing and I’m sure you won’t get tired of reading if you’re a Bruins fan.

    The Boston Bruins finished the perfect sweep four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night — outscoring the Orange and Black 20-7 in all — and advancing to the Conference Finals for the first time since Adam Oates, Andy Moog, and Raymond Bourque in 1992.

    It seemed like every player rose to the occasion, but we can only have one winner:

    Tim Thomas: Just when you think he’s hit his peak, the soon-to-be two-time Vezina Trophy winner ups his game even more. After ridiculous 52-save effort in Game 2, including overtime, Timmy stole the show and marched on to the Finals with his team on his back. He allowed just four goals-against on a whopping 115 shots-against in those three-plus games, and posted a staggering .965 save-percentage.

    Dennis Seidenberg: No. 44 logged team-high’s in time on ice (TOI) in every game last week. Yes, even more than Zdeno Chara. Seidenberg was a beast on the blue line, logging over 28 minutes per game including 36 minutes 26 second in Game 2’s overtime winner. Seidenberg showed some offensive awareness on a number of occasions, but was only rewarded with 0-1-1 totals for the week. The 6-foot-1 D also posted a plus-6 rating, six hits, nine shots on goal, and 10 blocked shots.

    David Krejci: “Oh Krejci, where art thou?” was the thoughts running though the heads of fans of The Hub after the 25-year-old posted just one assist after the seven-game series against the Canadiens in Round 1. But Krejci responded in typical Krejci-fashion in the playoffs, finishing the week with 2-3-5 totals, plus-5 rating, and six shots on net. No. 46 finished Round 2 with 4-5-9, plus-6, and 10 shots on goal.

    Nathan Horton: The offense keeps coming in Horton’s first-ever playoffs series. He posted 1-4-5 totals with a plus-4 rating, and nine shots on goal. No. 18 also showed his grit by refusing to be pushed around the Flyers’ net, dropping the gloves with Philly’s defenseman Sean O’Donnell.

    Johnny Boychuk: “Boychuk’s bomb” would be the game-winner in Game 4 — a “Johnny Rocket” past Flyers’ netminder Sergei Bobrovsky. OK, enough of the Jack Edwards stuff. But No. 55 finished his great week with 1-1-2 totals, plus-2, 12 shots on goal, and 15 hits. Boychuk clearly saved his best hockey for the month of May.

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