By Joe Haggerty
PHILADELPHIA David Krejci was the big star in Game 1, and he liked the role so much he decided to play it again in Game 2.
After both teams combined for four goals and a 2-2 tie after the first period, David Krejci was the next one to score with 5:52 left in overtime to give the Bruins a 3-2 victory at the Wells Fargo Center. The refs missed his one-timer from the high slot and play continued, but a replay after the next stoppage showed the puck had gone into the net.
Tim Thomas was just as large making 32 saves in the third period and overtime. He saved 52 overall in astonewall performance, and made his biggest stop for a right pad save on James van Riemsdyk off a faceoff in the closing seconds of the third period.
The Flyers got off to a furious start, spurred on by a boisterous crowd following the stirring rendition of God Bless America from Lauren Hart and the late Kate Smith (via video), and they seized a lead less than a minute into the game.
Van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux hopped into a two-on-one break, and van Riemsdyk managed to get a fanned pass beyond the reach of a diving Johnny Boychuk before snapping the puck past Thomas.
Philly made it 2-0 when van Riemsdyk banked a rebound off Zdeno Chara during a mad power-play scramble in front of the Boston net.
Chris Kelly banged home a Brian Boucher rebound after a Tomas Kaberle shot caused a scramble in front of the net. Kelly pushed the shot past Boucher after Michael Ryders follow was stopped.
The Bs continued to show their fight when Patrice Bergeron beat Scott Hartnell in a battle by the right post on a crossing pass deep in the Boston zone. That set the Boston transition offense, and Bergeron set up Brad Marchand for the tying goal on a snipe from the high slot area. Joe Haggerty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs