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Game 2 preview; Bruins look to follow up 7-3 romp in Philly

May 2, 2011

The Bruins, who often struggled to find offense in the first round, exploded rather unexpectedly for a 7-3 win over the Flyers in Philadelphia. The Bruins brought the Flyers goaltending problems back to light, chasing Brian Boucher from the game after five goals on 23 shots and then added two more goals against Sergei Bobrovsky on 10 shots. The Bruins had five multiple-point players in Game 1 and 10 players had at least a point in the game.

The game was almost surreal to watch. The Bruins goals seemed to come from everywhere, displaying skill, grit and cheap goals against a sleepwalking Flyers squad. It felt more like a meaningless game down the stretch where the Flyers were giving a backup a start to give their starter a rest, the problem being that the Flyers don’t have a great starting goaltender. I was more surprised by the Flyers lack of physical play along the boards. There were a few cheap shots by Flyers players but in actual puck battles the Bruins dominated.

Speaking of cheap shots, the Bruins earned five power-plays and didn’t score on any of those. This paired with the fact that the Bruins forwards dominated should point to the Flyers getting more physical and dirty because if the Bruins can’t score on the power-play there really isn’t a downside of chopping away.

Claude Julien said he wouldn’t make any lineup changes and Peter Laviolette said that he’d go with Brian Boucher again in Game 2. Expect to see a more concerted effort by the Flyers team defense tonight. They don’t rally around team defense as much as Montreal, which was evident in Game 1, but they can play a lot better than they have. I was glad to see Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara back up to speed. Lucic looked like he was in midseason form, he didn’t have any points but there’s no denying how improved he was from the first round. This is much more of his style of a series and it looks like he’s thriving on that.

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  1. TonyTruax permalink
    May 2, 2011 11:51 AM

    Bruins did a good job eliminating the Canadians. Hell it lets me sleep at night back in Montreal.

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