Bruins crush Flyers, take 3-0 series lead


Bruins crush Flyers, take 3-0 series lead

By DannyPicard

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Zdeno Chara and David Krejci each scored a goal in the first1:03 of the first period, setting the tone for the Bruins' 5-1 dominating win over the Flyers at TD Garden in Game 3 of their NHL quarterfinal-round playoff series.

The Bruins have a 3-0 series lead, and can close out Philly Friday night at TD Garden.

Chara sniped the top-right corner with a blistering slapshot from the high slot just 30 seconds into the game, and Krejci followed 33 seconds later by finishing a picture-perfect give-and-go cycle with MilanLucic.

Chara added his second goal of the game with 1:22 left inregulation on a power play -- Boston's first power-play goal of the postseason -- to close out the scoring.

The Bruins increased their lead to 4-0 in the second period, endingFlyers goalie Brian Bouchers night.

Daniel Paille made it 3-0 with 6:21 left in the second period,after he sniped the top-right corner from the left circle. Then, Nathan Horton put alow shot through Bouchers five-hole, with 4:46 left in the period.

Horton's shot should have been saved by Boucher, and he wasyanked from the game immediately after in favor of Sergei Bobrovsky.

The Flyers answered with a goal from Andrej Meszaros justover a minute after Boucher was pulled, but the deficit was too much to overcome.

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas made 37 saves.

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Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend


Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend

It’s only a coincidence that it will air the same week that the Boston Bruins went Hollywood with their annual three-game road trip through California, but David Backes and his wife Kelly are going to get some solid TV time this weekend. The animal-loving couple are going to be featured Saturday night in the all-new Animal Planet special "Stars to the Rescue," which highlights the Backes family’s excellent work to ensure every animal has a ‘furever’ home.

The lifelong animal lovers have adopted five rescue pets that all made the move from St. Louis to Boston this summer, and launched Athletes for Animals in 2013, a non-profit organization supporting professional athletes and animal advocacy efforts. The 32-year-old Backes chose a Boston animal shelter as his first setting to meet with the Boston media this summer after signing with the Bruins in free agency, and spoke glowingly about his inspiration for marrying two of his passions: helping animals and sports.

“The full story is that in college we wanted an animal or two, but it just wasn’t responsible because we were renting and the landlords didn’t approve," said Backes, the proud owner of four dogs (Maverick, Rosey, Marty and Bebe) and two cats (Sunny, Poly). "We just didn’t really have the time or resources to support them, so we volunteered at the local shelter for the three years I was in school.

“When my wife [Kelly] and I moved to St. Louis, we wanted to connect with the community, be a part and use our voice to influence social change to do our part making the world a little bit of a better place. So we said, ‘Why not connect with the animal welfare rescue community?’

“We absolutely love doing it: Walking dogs, scooping litter boxes and cleaning kennels. Let’s use our voice to kick this off and see what we can do, and it really just snowballed from that to then trying to tie other guys into it. It’s not limited to the animal stuff, but the animals that don’t have a voice, and the kids that don’t have a voice, really tug at our heart strings. We want to help them with this blessing of a great voice we’ve been given as professional athletes, and to really use that to give them some help.”

The “Stars to the Rescue” special premieres on Saturday night at 8 pm on Animal Planet where there will be a full segment on the Backes family, but here’s a clip where Backes talks about his well-publicized involvement with a number of stray dog rescues during his 2014 Olympic Hockey stint with Team USA in Sochi, Russia.

Backes isn’t the only Boston athlete featured during the Animal Planet special as it also chronicles the stories of other well-known athletes and celebrities and the dogs they can't live without: Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, Baltimore Ravens’ Ronnie Stanley, Selma Blair, ESPN Correspondent Michelle Beadle, WNBA star Elena Delle Donne, former Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and more. From training buddies to comforting companions, “Stars to the Rescue” shows first-hand how these celebrities first met their cute rescued canines and how their dogs have impacted and transformed their lives for the better.

What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track


What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track

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