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 refraining from shoving any world leaders today.
*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.
*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.
*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.
*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.
*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.
*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.
*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.