Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Bruins' quick start dooms Flyers

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Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Boucher skates off the ice as he replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky (35) following a goal by Boston Bruins' Nathan Horton, which gave the Bruins a 4-0 lead, during the second period in Game 3 on Wednesday in Boston. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press) Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Boucher skates off the ice as he replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky (35) following a goal by Boston Bruins' Nathan Horton, which gave the Bruins a 4-0 lead, during the second period in Game 3 on Wednesday in Boston. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)
By Tim Panaccio, CSNPhilly.com

It came in the first two shifts of Game 3 as the Bruins scored twice in 63 seconds to stun the Flyers, en route to a 5-1 shelling.

Boston is now up 3-0 in this Eastern Conference semi-final series just like they were last year when the Flyers became the first Flyer team to overcome that deficit to win a series.

"We knew they would come out strong," Danny Briere said. "That was the game, right there."

Added Flyer defenceman Kimmo Timonen, "It was the worst possible start you could imagine."
Emotionally, the Flyers were never really into the game. All the electricity they had in the Game 2 overtime loss to Boston failed to carry over.

Zdeno Chara scored inside the circle, then David Krejci, who has killed the Flyers in this series, made 2-0. Heads hung on the Flyers bench and Sean O'Donnell said he had not seen a Flyer club all season "so deflated.

"Yeah it was huge. We couldn't write it any better," the Bruins Shawn Thornton said. "Those two lines did a great job of getting pucks deep and capitalizing when they had their opportunities. It definitely made it a lot easier to play when you got a lead early. So great job by those two lines."
The Flyers never really challenged Tim Thomas and their lack of compete at the start was damning.

"Big deal, we're down 2-0 with 59 minutes to play," Sean O'Donnell said. "It's not the end of the world. We had a big lead in Game 2 and look at the way Boston bounced back. We didn't have that push that we needed."

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said, "The start was unacceptable. The first three, four minutes in [their] building has to be good minutes and well executed."

Boston came with everything it needed - and more. Bruins can wrap it up on Friday with a sweep.

"I don't know if it's the most "complete," but it's really one of those solid games where I thought in all areas, defensively, tonight is one of those nights where I think you look at the number of shots, but scoring chances are definitely down," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.

"I think a lot of them came from the third period, they were crashing the net, hoping to get those rebounds. So I liked our defensive game and how well we played, and also the forecheck and the chances that we created. So it's up there, no doubt. For me, I thought our guys responded well and played a solid game."

The faceoffs

Boston won 76 percent of the draws. Elias said it was lowest percentage a team has had in the playoffs in at least 10 years.

"Well, no doubt faceoffs are important and we obviously had the advantage of putting our sticks down last, that's the home-ice advantage that becomes very important when it comes to that part of the game," Julien said.

"Our guys did a great job. You start with the puck, it's a lot easier than chasing it down. Our guys did a great job of that tonight and I thought it was important, especially against that team. They've got some good face-off plays in the offensive zone and they can become very dangerous. Our [centres] did a great job and even the other guys, recovering those loose pucks in the battles."

Quick timeout, eventual removal

Peter Laviolette is usually pretty good about saving his timeouts for critical junctures late in games. The Flyers have a knack for scoring after he calls, them, as well.

Well, the critical juncture in this one came just 1:03 into play after Boston had scored its second goal on just three shots.

Lavy called the timeout, the guys on the ice came to the bench but the only guy the coach was talking to was goalie Brian Boucher - no one else.

Those two goals in 63 seconds were a Flyer franchise record for fastest, two goals allowed to start a playoff game. The previous record was 85 seconds set on May 25, 1985 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against Edmonton. Oilers won that game, 4-3.

Boucher was pulled at 15:14 of the second period for Sergei Bobrovsky after Nathan Horton made it a 4-0 game. That's 7 goalie changes in 10 games; one change was injury related.

"I wasn't talking to [Boucher] because I need to talk to [Boucher], I just wanted to make sure his head was on straight and our team needed to play much better in front of him," Laviolette said.
Boucher banged his stick on the post, then broke it in the tunnel when he arrived at the bench.
Fans chanted "We Want Boosh" later in the period because Bobrovsky had made some strong saves.

Stat you need to know


The Flyers are 1-5 in post-season when allowing the game's first goal. That lone victory was Game 6 in Buffalo.

That Bruin PP. Boston came into the game 0 for 7 in the series and went to 0 for 31 in their playoff streak before scoring 5 on 3 in the final period. They were 1 for 4 in the game.

Can't stop 'em

That would be David Krejci's line with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. Krejci has eight points in the series (four goals).
 
"They're playing me hard, that's for sure," Krejci said. "They're letting me know it's going to be a tough one. But the puck is going in for me. That's the biggest difference from the [Montreal] series."

Carter plays

Jeff Carter returned to the lineup after missing 5 games and played a semi-regular shift, alternating on lines but floating in centre ice to shorten how much skating he would do. He did have five shots on net.

"I actually thought Jeff was probably one of our stronger forwards," Laviolette said "You know, for not coming back for five games, he had his legs. He's a big person in there and a big body and he can skate well.

"As the game wore on, it seemed like we were lacking speed as a group out there, but where it's more natural for him, it's easier for him to stand out at that and he had a couple scoring chances."

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