Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Bruins get their just reward

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Bruins winger Milan Lucic guided Boston’s sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers with two goals Friday night.  (Charles Krupa/Associated Press) Bruins winger Milan Lucic guided Boston’s sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers with two goals Friday night. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

By Tim Panaccio, CSNPhilly.com

One year after blowing an 3-0 Eastern Conference semifinal series lead to the Flyers, the Boston Bruins got their just dues with a 5-1 rout of the Flyers, sweeping last year's Stanley Cup runner-up out of the playoffs.

"It's nice that we're not going to have to answer any more of those questions and we can put that behind us," said Milan Lucic, who scored his first two playoff goals. Finally.

"I think we learned a lot from last year, that experience, and I think it made us a more determined hockey club. I think you could see it in us. In that first round, when we got down 2-0 to Montreal, to get ourselves back into it.

"And also in this, we were feeling good coming into this series. We went right after them, and you look at Game 2, when they came right after us in that third period and Timmy [Thomas] stole the game for us, and we were able to get one there in overtime.

"After that, I don't think we looked back, we just went after them. We've definitely put everything behind us with what happened last year, so it's a real good feeling."

Lucic got the game's first goal and the third one in the final period that made it 3-1 and broke the Flyers' backs.

"Feels good," he said of ending his goal drought which extended into the regular season. "It's been kind of frustrating, the last 20 games, not being able to put the puck in the back of the net.

"But tonight I was able to get open, and when I got those opportunities, both great plays by [Nathan] Horton to set me up, and when I got the opportunities it was nice to step up and score big goals."

He got to wear the Bruins' player of the game jacket.

"Yeah, feels good," Lucic said. "Last time I wore this jacket was a big win for us against the Devils when I got my 30th [goal]. This win, regardless of the two goals, this win is a huge win for our hockey club and our organization.

"I think it's been since 1992, since the Bruins have made the third round here. The last three years, we've been looking for this eighth win in the playoffs, to get into the third round, and we were happy to get the job done."

One of his goals in this one was on the power play - the Bruins had just two power-play goals for the series. When was the last time you saw the Flyers lose a playoff series even though they only gave up two power play goals?

"Yeah, it was great, especially, you know it was our first five-on-four goal of the playoffs here," Lucic said. "So it's nice that the power play was able to score a goal for us there.

"And right there was a great feeling once I scored that goal, just to get the monkey off the back and get that lead. But for us, I think that's why we've been so good these last nine games after losing the two to Montreal. We always had a good start, and we were able to establish that lead again."

Quotable

Flyers captain Mike Richards: "It's disappointing to end on a loss every year, with high hopes, with the team that we had, with the confidence that we had in each other. It sucks. There's no other way to put it really."

Lineups

Chris Pronger (back/hamstring) did not play even though it was an elimination game for the Flyers. Jody Shelley, who dressed in Game 2, subbed for Nikolay Zherdev, as the Flyers went with a bigger lineup after being pushed around in Game 3.

Stat you need to know

The Bruins held the Flyers to a playoff-low 23 shots on goal.

Krejci's line

David Krejci's line, along with Lucic and Horton, had eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points in the series.

Claude says

The Bruins manhandled the Flyers for some portions of games on defence. Overall, they shut them down, didn't allow zone penetration or many quality chances against Thomas.

"Well I think the best example to use is Game 2 in Philadelphia when we didn't respect that part of our game, you saw how hard they came at us," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.

"To be honest with you, we were lucky to come out of Game 2 with a win. They were dominant in the third period and obviously in a good portion of that overtime. All of that was because we weren't respecting our game without the puck.

"I thought when we did a good job of it for the rest of the games, it obviously took away some of their strength, which was their offence. It certainly cut down on the scoring chances, but I also thought it gave us some good offence because when we turned the puck over, we were really good with our transition game and our offence stood out. So it's a combination. They say, "Good defence creates good offence," and I'm one of those believers."

Lavy says

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was succinct on why his team lost the series.

"Probably defensively, we weren't able to generate what we had done all year," he said. "They did a good job through the neutral zone and a good job in their own end. We couldn't penetrate. Defensively, I think they [the Bruins] did a pretty good job.

"I would have liked to generate more offensively. I think in all the losses, we needed to generate more. We need to spend more time in the offensive zone. Defensively, even tonight, we turned some pucks over in the neutral zone trying to get through their trap and trying to get a sustained forecheck that could generate some offence and we weren't able to do that."

Although he cited the blowout loss in Game 1, he the overtime loss in Game 2 was more pivotal. He was right, especially since there was no carryover in terms of emotion to the two games here in Boston.

"Game 2 we played hard. We did the things we wanted to do. We lost in overtime. It was a tough bounce and a tough break. But that happens in the playoffs and I really look at Game 1 as an opportunity that was lost for us to get into the series. We never seem to get into it."

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