Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Bruins' Krejci finds his game

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David Krejci (46) of the Boston Bruins scores at 1:46 of the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) David Krejci (46) of the Boston Bruins scores at 1:46 of the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
By Tim Panaccio, CSNPhilly.com

David Krejci looked a little frustrated in the Montreal series for the Boston Bruins. Even though his line had a couple of overtime goals.

Last year, you could see he was lost against the Flyers. As in out for the final four games of the Eastern Conference semi-finals with a broken wrist.

Krejci seemed to make up for that in Saturday's 7-3 rout of the Flyers in Game 1 with a pair of goals while his line with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton had six points.

"Well we talked about it, it would be nice to get a first win and start off on the right foot in the series and I think we did a pretty good job," Krejci said.

"We did a lot of the little things pretty well. We were really focused before the game and right from the beginning we were all over the puck. We played exactly what we talked [about] in our room before the game and we played a full 60 minutes.

"I think we scored good goals. I don't think he played badly. I know we scored some goals but I think all the goals were good goals. We did the right things you know there was some traffic in front of the net. If you want to score in the playoffs, our line was struggling in the first round, we just have to keep paying the price, put our players in front of the net and I think tonight it went our way."

They ate up Danny Briere's line with Scott Hartnell and Ville Leino.

"I think all of the lines gave us trouble to be honest," Briere said. "I just think we didn't compete against anybody.  It's just about competing.  We let them get behind us.  An area that they are strong at is going behind the net. We got outworked in front of the net, and they were able to find a few rebounds and put it past our goalies."

Claude says

Bruins coach Claude Julien was asked whether Krejci did anything differently here against the Flyers that he wasn't doing against Montreal in the first round.

"No ... Montreal really paid a lot of attention to that line," Julien said. "They really had some hard matchups against that line, and certainly did a great job. Montreal's a great defensive team.

"That's their strength, and they put their best players against that line, and it made it tough on him. But luckily we had some depth and we had some other lines that came up big for us.

"But this [Flyers] team that we're playing right now is very similar to ours. They're big, they're strong, they're physical, and I think right now, this is more of a series that's going head to head."

Horton had a goal and an assist.

"Yeah, great game, a great way to start; David  definitely played amazing tonight and it showed on the score sheet, but off that he was pretty good for us," Horton said.

"He is a special player, we want him to have the puck as much as possible and he creates so much off of that and he gives everyone else a chance to score and a chance to be in the play."
The downfall.  For the Flyers, it was their sloppy play in front of goalie Brian Boucher. Although he was lifted in the second period (five goals, 23 shots), almost all of Boston's goals came off rebounds that the Flyers didn't clear.

"Well we could've been better as a group," said Flyer captain, Mike Richards. "Defence is played by 5 guys on the ice and a goaltender. We left our goaltender hanging tonight.  Forwards didn't come down and cover their men. We could've been better as a five-man unit on the defensive end."
 
Lavy says

Peter Laviolette can be a man of few words after a loss. Especially, a bad loss.
The Flyers were far too loose, unlike the tight defensive game they played in Game 7 against Buffalo, in the previous series.

"Yeah, it wasn't very good tonight, the defensive play," he said. "Especially, you know, right in front of our goaltender. Too many easy goals, too many easy plays, we weren't strong enough right in front of our goaltender.

"We come off one of our strongest performances in a while, come out and you know we don't have a good game.  That was not the way we need to play in order to be successful, so there's lots of things that can change; actually everything's got to change, everything's got to improve.  So we'll work on that."

The goalie carousel

Let's see now. For the third time in four games, the Flyers yanked their starting goalie.

Boucher was pulled at 17:14 of the second period after Boston scored its fifth goal on 23 shots. Boucher was last pulled in Game 5 of the Buffalo series.

"It's always a wakeup call for the team," he said of being pulled. "You always seem to get a bit of a boost after there's a goalie change. I think that's why coaches are so apt to do that.

"That seems to be one of the last things they can do, as opposed to yelling at the guys or calling a timeout. You want to keep your timeouts so maybe you make a goalie change to change things up. That's the way things go."

In fairness to him, the Flyers were fairly awful in front of him.

Rookie Sergei Bobrovsky was the relief guy. Michael Leighton? No one's seen him lately but we know his back is acting up again.

The third man is Johan Backlund who has no playoff experience.
Boucher expects to start Game 2.

"It wasn't a good afternoon all around for all of us," he said. "We didn't get any breaks and we certainly didn't play all that well.  At the same time, I don't see the need for a [goalie] change but we'll see what happens."

The power plays

Boston was 0 for 5. Bruins are now 0 for 26 in the playoffs. The Flyers were only slightly better, going 1 for 5. They are not 6 for 41 in the playoffs.

Like we said before, if one of these teams gets "hot" here, it could be a difference in the series.
Stat you need to know. In six lifetime playoff meetings against the Bruins, the Flyers are 0-6 in Game 1.

Most ever. The seven goals the Flyers allowed were the most in history given up by the Flyers in a seven-game playoff series.

For more from Tim Panaccio on the Flyers, check out CSNPhilly.com