Making shots and getting bounces often make the difference in close playoff games, and the Bruins got a flurry of bounces to put my Flyers as deep as four goals down and effectively closed out Game 1 taking it 7-3.
Boston did just about everything right, especially taking full advantage on just about every chance they had. David Krejci, who scored more goals today than all of Buffalo’s top centers did in the entire previous seven game series, started off by getting away from Matt Carle, who had a bad day, and popping one behind Brian Boucher. Danny Briere got that back later in the 1st getting his own lucky bounce off a hard Braydon Coburn shot. Nathan Horton closed out the first with less than a miunte left, jumping on a bounce of his own and the Bruins never looked back.
The Flyers didn’t play a great game, with some slack coverage, puck support was not up to par and they didn’t show the jump they have been lately. Boston is partly to blame for that, as they D’ed up well. The Flyers simply have to work through that. The 2nd period had been their’s throughout the Buffalo series, but the Bruins would have none of that today, converting for three goals from Krejci again, Mark Recchi and Brad Marchand. Down 5-1, Boucher was pulled again and Sergei Bobrovsky mopped up.
The Flyers showed some jump with James vanRiemsdyk making a shot late in the 2nd and Mike Richards popping upstairs on Tim Thomas on a power play in the 3rd, but the Bruins responded with two more of their own and that was that.
Pucks went in in bunches today for Boston and they have to be happy with that. They earned the win and have to be feeling good, but bounces have a way of evening out over a series and the Flyers can play much better than they did today.
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