Last season, the Boston Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 series lead against the Philadelphia Flyers in the playoffs, only to go on and lose the series when push really came to shove. The B’s are already a third of the way to repeat that 3-0 series lead, and they’ll hope to take another step in the right direction towards getting some revenge when they face the boys from the City of Brotherly Love at Wells Fargo Arena for Game 2 on Monday night.
We still probably haven’t seen the best out of Tim Thomas yet in these playoffs, and Game 1 against the Flyers was no exception. He allowed three goals on 34 shots faced, and though he was more than good enough to get the ‘W’, he has to know that in normal situations in the postseason, that wouldn’t have been good enough to win. It’s a good thing though, that the offense was able to step up and light and lamp over and over… and over…… and over again. David Krejci, a man who had been kept absolutely silent over the course of the first round of the playoffs came to life in Game 1 against the Flyers, accounting for four shots on goal to go with two goals and two assists. Brad Marchand, who only had one goal in the whole seven game series against the Montreal Canadiens, came up with two strikes in Game 1 of this series as well. Patrice Bergeron had three assists, while Dennis Seidenberg had two helpers. Nathan Horton came up with a goal and an assist.
And the goaltending carousel turns for the Flyers once again… It’s absolutely amazing that this team remains anywhere near good enough to win it all in spite of the fact that it really just doesn’t have any goaltending whatsoever. For the second time in these playoffs, Brian Boucher has been run out of a game without completing it, though Head Coach Peter Laviolette gave him more of a leash in Game 1 of this series than we are used to seeing. Boucher allowed five goals on just 23 shots in his ugliest start of the playoffs. In came Sergei Bobrovsky, a man which hasn’t even been on the roster since getting pulled in favor of Boucher in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Buffalo Sabres. Goodness knows whether we’ll see either of these two on Monday night, but we do know one thing… Laviolette isn’t afraid to switch goalies mid-game, as he has now done so in half of the contests in the postseason to date. The good news is that the offense just continues to do its thing. Daniel Briere had yet another goal, his seventh of the playoffs, and Claude Giroux helped out with two more helpers, giving him a league best nine for the postseason. The 23 year old Giroux now has two assists in four straight games.
Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers Pick: Blah. We hate picking on a team that just has absolutely no goaltending in the playoffs, but we know that we are getting a fantastic price here on a solid Philly team to knock off Thomas and the B’s. Take the Flyers -130 and hope that they can level this series before going back to Beantown.
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