Bruins sweep Flyers, move to conference finals


Bruins sweep Flyers, move to conference finals

By Danny Picard

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; The Philadelphia Flyers decided to change things up between the pipes, and started Sergei Bobrovsky as their starting goaltender in Game 4 on Friday night. But it didnt make a difference, as the Bruins got two goals from Milan Lucic and completed a four-game sweep of the Flyers with a 5-1 win at the TD Garden.

The Bs will now host Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Lucic put the Bruins up 3-1 with 4:57 left in the third period, as he finished a perfect lead pass from Nathan Horton with a low snap shot. Horton was holding the puck at the right point, and flipped a lead pass ahead to a streaking Lucic, who then skated in all alone.

Brad Marchand and Daniel Paille added empty-netters with 1:56 and 24.8 seconds left in the game.

Johnny Boychuk had previously put the Bruins up 2-1, three minutes into the third period, when his slap shot from the right point ended up top shelf.

However, the goal was scored just moments after Patrice Bergeron took a hard hit up high from Claude Giroux back in the Bruins zone, and while skating off the ice on his own power immediately after, he went straight back to the runway.

Kris Versteeg sent both teams into the third period tied at 1-1, after he came in all alone and flipped the puck top shelf while deking left, with 6:38 left in the second.

Versteeg took a nice flip pass from Mike Richards after Richards stole the puck in the neutral zone, and had Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg right on his tail. Before Seidenberg could completely catch up, Richards led Versteeg in all alone.

The Bruins had previously taken a 1-0 lead into the second period, thanks to Lucics power-play goal with eight minutes left in the first. The Bs were just 31 seconds into the 5-on-4 man advantage, and David Krejci made a pass down to Nathan Horton at the left post, who then quickly through it out front to a wide open Lucic, who easily put the puck past Bobrovsky for the first goal of the game, and Bostons second power-play goal of the postseason.
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Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.