By Joe Haggerty
PHILADELPHIA It wasnt perfect, but it was a pretty damned good road win in the playoffs for the Bruins.
The Bs rode a hot start and a surging top scoring line to an early lead, and then kept pushing for the last half of the game on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Flyers in Game One at the Wells Fargo Center.
David Krejci and Nathan Horton opened things up with first period goals while attacking the soft white underbelly of the Flyers hockey club between the pipes, Brian Boucher and his two Philly goaltending tag team partners.
The Krejci score was one of two goals on the day for the Bs center a key figure in last years playoffs both before and after he went down with a dislocated wrist that changed the tenor of the series. The first was a nice hustle play with Krejci jumping all over a Dennis Seidenberg point shot, and then easily beating Boucher with a feathered backhand shot.
Horton left the door ajar for the Flyers when he lost Daniel Briere in front of the net, and the Flyers sniper made a play with a shot fired at the Boston net after Horton lost his man in four-on-four coverage. But Horton followed that up with his fourth goal of the playoffs to regain the lead, and then the Bruins poured it on with three straight goals in the second period that chased Boucher from the game.
Mark Recchi beat Boucher with a hustle follow of a rebound kicked out to him, and Krejci followed with a sweet tip of an Adam McQuaid point shot that Boucher never picked up. When Brad Marchand made it a 5-1 hockey game off a rebound goal, Boucher was yanked from the game and Philly gained some of the momentum back. James van Riemsdyk managed a quick goal to make it a three-goal game in the second, but the Bruins were simply too good five-on-five against the Flyers after owning their number pretty much all season.
But Marchand and Gregory Campbell poured it on in the third period with more offense to help push Bostons offensive totals to seven goals in a prolific first game against the Broad Street Bullies.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while amazed, and alarmed, at any politician that would ever duck a town hall-style meeting with their constituents.
*Patrick Eaves had a close encounter of the hairy kind with the mighty Chewbacca during a recent visit to Disney. Let’s just say Eaves, Brent Burns and Chewie could all be from the same family tree.
*Good, long read on junior hockey scoring star Alex Debrincat, who Bruins fans will remember that Boston passed over to draft Trent Frederic at the end of the first round last summer. He’s scoring at the kind of levels that say he might be something special at the next level. Just saying.
*Wayne Gretzky jumps on the Florida Panthers telecast to chat about Jaromir Jagr, and jokes about what he’ll do if Jagr ever gets close to his NHL all-time scoring title.
*Pierre Lebrun has a list of NHL defensemen that are in demand ahead of the trade deadline, and it’s a fairly underwhelming list aside from Kevin Shattenkirk.
*If you’re looking for some good Blackhawks talk then you should check out the Blackhawks Talk podcast over at CSN Chicago.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bob McKenzie dropped into the NBCSN studios again this past week to chat about the NHL tweaking the bye weeks moving forward after watching them play out this season.
*People getting concerned about turning budding personal NHL rivalries into another “Ovechkin vs. Crosby” is perhaps the dumbest NHL hot take I’ve ever heard. The Ovechkin/Crosby rivalry was perfectly good and anything to draw attention to the NHL and its players is also good. This is the kind of thing said by somebody that I’m sure gets more super-excited by a bar graph showing a player’s effectiveness rather than watching what they’re actually doing on the ice.
*For something completely different: A really interesting look from a random date that Carrie Fisher took to the 1978 Oscars while palling around with the young, new stars of Hollywood.