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Boys….We’ve got a series

Posted By Jim Mulligan On May 11 2010 @ 1:53 am In Boston Bruins | No Comments

For the second straight game, the Bruins had a chance to finish off the Flyers only tonight it was at home where the Bruins were a perfect 5-0 in the playoffs. They played like it was December 14th [1]instead of May 10th [2].

Rememberer how they played many nights during the regular season? This team that was expected to challenge for the Cup, on so many nights laid an egg in front of their fans. Since the playoffs began, that team had been left in the past – until tonight.  Passes were to the backhand or in the skates, always causing an extra second delay of moving the puck. It also enabled the Flyer forecheck to press just a little harder when they trapped in their own zone. Speaking of the forecheck. The Bruins put little to no pressure on them. They had time to move the puck with ease.  

In the defensive zone, it seemed like they couldn’t get out cleanly at all. On the first Flyer goal of the game, the Bruins had a bad line change (another mental mistake) and never got the puck down into the Flyer zone causing Johnny Boychuk to be trapped. The Flyers moved the puck around the zone finally getting a point shot from Chris Pronger. Tuukka made the initial save but Ville Leino and Scott Hartnell were there to knock the puck over Rask’s shoulder.

The best chance for the Bruins came on a late power play in the first period. When the Bruins shot the puck into the zone, it hit the glass and bounced right in front of the net to Miro Satan. He deked Boucher and flipped a backhand through the crease, missing the net.

The Bruins started to unravel midway through the game. A great shift by Ville Leino helped to double the Flyer lead. He outworked the both teams and got to four loose pucks during the shift, keeping the puck in the zone and setting up Coburn’s point shot. That shot was blocked by Mark Stuart but in the ensuing scramble, Daniel Briere flipped a pass to Scott Hartnell and he bunted the puck into the empty net.

A never ending parade to the Bruin penalty box continued to keep the B’s on their heels. After killing the Flyers first four power plays, Simon Gagne tapped in a give and go from the top of the crease. This was the only power play goal the B’s gave up during the night. I guess killing eight of nine penalties is a positive thing to say about the team.

Gagne scored a goal midway through the third period to finish the scoring.

So now the Flyers think they can win the series. Not just win at home and see what happens in a game seven. Flyers starting goalie Brian Boucher hurt his “lower body” during a goalmouth scramble in the second period. Said Michael Leighton who mopped up, ”In my eyes we’ve outplayed this team most of the games. The first game we came out slow because we had a long break. We’ve been there every game it’s not like they’re blowing us out. So we’re confident as long as we come out and we’re ready to play every game that we can win each game. We’re just taking it game by game right now. We just have to brush this under the rug now and head back home and focus on that game.”

You know what? He’s right. The Flyers could have easily split in Boston and made this a series earlier. So now it’s time to get their stuff together and play like they did in the Buffalo series. It’s not going to be easy. They have to clean up the defensive zone coverage. That’s first and foremost. Losing David Krejci hurts their offense – alot. This team has been missing someone all year long. It’s not like this is something new for them.

Be sure to see Joshua Bartle’s side of tonight’s game here [3].

Game six is Wednesday night in Philly. Let’s hope there isn’t as game seven.

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[1] December 14th : http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/boxscore?gid=2009121401

[2] May 10th: http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/sports/year_in_sports/05.10.html

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