When scoring first this postseason the Boston Bruins are a perfect 7-0. They also sport a league best 5-1 road record during the playoffs. Game three between the Bruins and Bolts only needed 1:09 of game play to determine a winner.
It was at that time Milan Lucic found a wide open David Krejci (7) in front of the Tampa net, as he put home the game winning goal. Leading the Bruins to a 2-0 victory.
Tim Thomas stopped all 31 shots he faced, earning his second career playoff shutout.
There was a scary moment for the Bruins during the second period, when David Krejci got blind-sided on a legal hit. While he was down on one knee, my only thoughts were, great now he’s going to be concussed in the same game Bergeron returns. But he was fine.
Game four is Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Where the hell am I??? What year is this. It seems like it was just yesterday I was looking way down the road to a potential Bruins v. Canadiens Conference Finals match-up because the B’s had a comfy 3-0 lead on the Flyers in the second round. Then like that (snap of the fingers) the season was over. Now, here we are a year later and the Bruins are up 3-0 on the Flyers again. Is this the Twilight zone?
Wednesday night marked the return to where it all began…or ended. Game three between the Bruins and Flyers was the first time the two teams played a playoff game at TD Garden since the Flyers completed their epic comeback last season.
It took just thirty seconds for the Bruins to spoil the Flyers return as Big Z (1) ripped a slapper past Boucher to give the lead. Just thirty-three seconds later, it was David Krejci (5) who increased the B’s lead to 2-0 and there was no looking back.
The B’s tallied five goals on the night. Paille (1) and Horton (5) scored in the second which got Boucher pulled from the game.Paille and Chara posting their first goals of the series (playoffs), fourteen of the eighteen skaters on the roster have scored a goal for the B’s in the series. Horton’s goal also completed the Gordie Howe hat-trick.
Thomas stood on his head again stopping 37 of 38 shots. With a couple of magnificent cross-crease saves.
But the story of the night, the Bruins FINALLY scored on the power-play. So what, if they needed a five-on-three in the most meaningless two minutes of hockey they have played in the playoffs. So what, if the bruins are 1 for 31 on the power-play and the last team to score a pp goal in the playoffs. All that matters is Chara (2) ripped a slapper (similar to his first goal) past Bobrovsky to give the Bruins a 5-1 lead. If that’s not timely playoff scoring, well I don’t know what is.
The Flyers are definitely not the same team they were last season but it is the Flyers and they are playing the Bruins so nothing is out of the question.
Game four is Friday night in the Garden….ohhhh boy will it be interesting. One more win and everyone gets to keep their jobs.
*photo courtesy of espn.com
The Bruins returned from Europe with a sense of purpose. After a tough week of practice the Bruins came out and played a physical first period and were able to take 2 points from the Devils in the 4-1 win from New Jersey on Saturday night.
The sure from the Bruins came in the second period. After giving up a goal on the Power Play to Dianius Zubrus the Bruins netted four unanswered goals (Caron [1st career NHL point], Ryder, Thronton, Lucic) to have a 4-1 lead through two periods.
The B’s played a sound third period and preserving the win for Tim Thomas, his second in as many games. Thomas stopped 31 of 32 shots in the game.
B’s head to Washington for their next game on Tuesday.
THE TRUTH tell’s it how it is. Which is very interesting considering what just happened with the Bruins last week. As you may know by now they blew a 3-0 series lead. Now I’m not saying the Bruins fans were not behind the team because each home game was louder than the previous one.
The way Pierce glared into the camera and said what he does, really show his/team’s determination but it truly is about the fan’s when it comes to helping the home team win. Especially in the playoffs.
^^Tuukka chant around the 5:50 mark
…was the roar coming down from the rafters in the TD Garden as the crowd sang along with the in-stadium organ in the Bruins 2-1 win. From just watching the game on TV, I felt that if I could have chosen any Boston sporting event to go in my life time it would have been,this game 3 of the Eastern Conf. Qtr. Finals. It sounds crazy but hear me out.
It was the first time all season Jack Edwards didn’t bitch off the top of the broadcast about how the Bruins constantly have a late arriving crowd. The reason why, is because it was Patriots Day in Boston, it might have well as been St. Patty’s Day.
Patriot’s Day in Boston consists of the Boston Marathon, an 11 a.m. Red Sox game, and if the fan’s are lucky the Bruins or Celtics are still around and kickin’. So to sum up, the Bruins fan base consisted of loud, drunken, obnoxious fans who have been drinking since 8 a.m. and they went and staked out a part of the Marathon route. Just to see Kiprono Cheruiyot blow by them, as he finished the race in a cool 2 hrs. 5 min. Or there were the fan’s who have been drinking since 8 a.m. and they went and watched the Sox get spanked and drop their fifth straight. So because of the previously stated, these fan’s kept drinking to try to soften the harsh reality of the long Sox season ahead, and to pre-game for the B’s.
This game had everything, from the drop of the puck it was like Slap Shot on the ice during the game. Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuck dropped Sabres forward Matt Ellis at the Buffalo blue line. All sorts of fighting, just like the rest of the games in this series, and the intensity bar will just be moved higher and higher as the series continues.