Talking Points: Bruins 5, Flyers 2

Talking Points: Bruins 5, Flyers 2
April 5, 2014, 5:00 pm
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GOLD STAR: Loui Eriksson assisted on four of Boston’s five goals while skating on a line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, and finished a team-best plus-3 in the matinee win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Swedish winger also finished with a game-high seven shots on net and certainly looked like he was pushing for top consideration in 20:29 of ice time in the game. There have been times this season when Eriksson hasn’t looked like everything the Bruins hoped he could be, but he certainly looks like a forward capable of heavy usage and production for 18-20 minutes a night during the playoffs.
 
BLACK EYE: Nicklas Grossman just looks slow and lumbering at this point trying to keep up with the pace that the Bruins and Flyers were setting throughout the game. Grossman was on ice for three goals against while doing his best statue impersonation, and contributed little in the physicality or blocked shot department in his 17:18 of ice time for the Flyers. While Philadelphia might have the kind of forwards that can create some trouble in the postseason, they certainly don’t have the defense capable of winning it all.
 
TURNING POINT: It was all over in the third period as the Bruins poured it on with a 22-8 shot advantage, and Flyers goalie Ray Emery was the only thing between keeping Boston from pulling away. Eventually the Bruins broke through with the perfect play on a Johnny Boychuk missile off a clean Patrice Bergeron face off win with Reilly Smith screening in front, and two more goals followed in close succession. The Bruins once again flexed their third period muscles, and showed why they’re so good when the game is on the line in the final 20 minutes.
 
HONORABLE MENTION: Milan Lucic was shocked awake early in the game when Zac Rinaldo threw him for a loop with a heavy hit just inside the blue line, and that was a mistake for the Flyers. Lucic finished with a pair of goals, three points and a plus-2 rating and was talking major smack to the Philly bench while doing a drive-by after his second goal of the game in the third period. Lucic was fired up when Rinaldo wouldn’t fight him after the admittedly clean hit, and it left the flames burning bright for the rest of the game. Lucic was also the first B’s player to wear the “Old Time Hockey” jacket for the Player of the Game, a letterman jacket donated by B’s Hall of Famer Johnny Bucyk to captain Zdeno Chara in a fine link between the B’s great teams of the past and present.
 
BY THE NUMBERS: 11 – the new career-high number of consecutive games for Patrice Bergeron with a point following his face off win/assist on the Johnny Boychuk rocket in the third period.
 
QUOTE TO NOTE: “Have you taken a look at our record?” –a saucy Claude Julien when asked if he’s happy with the consistency of his Bruins team right now.