Bruins beat Flyers in o.t., take 2-0 series lead


Bruins beat Flyers in o.t., take 2-0 series lead

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 Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Chara on slumping Bruins: Players shouldn't have to be told to work hard

Chara on slumping Bruins: Players shouldn't have to be told to work hard

BRIGHTON -- The on-ice portion of Bruins practice kicked off about an hour later than scheduled at Warrior Ice Arena on Monday morning.

The B's are reeling, having lost four games in a row for the first time this season after getting dumped by the Penguins, 5-1, in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. Their standing in the Atlantic Division, and the playoff picture, is tenuous at best with so many other teams holding games in hand over them, and it truly looks like they're going to slide out of the race if they can’t reverse their fortunes.

So Claude Julien, saying "desperate times call for desperate measures," summoned the players to a video session where flaws, mistakes, half-hearted efforts and bad systems-play was pointed out in front of everyone. The team then took the ice to iron out those problems in an hour-long practice that the embattled Bruins coach hopes will lead to better results in the final two games, against Detroit and Pittsburgh, before the All-Star break.

“He was showing details that we were doing well early on in the season to have success, and little things that we’ve gotten away from that we need to correct,” said captain Zdeno Chara. “We need to start doing them again. It’s a game of little details and we need to make sure we do them right.”

While Chara wouldn’t comment on the tone of the video session, it’s clear that things like effort, determination and desperation were probably talking points just as much as fine-tuning Julien’s long-held offensive and defensive systems.

“It’s commitment," said Chara. "That’s for sure, that we need to have everybody doing that. We shouldn’t . . . at this level, at this time of the season, [have to be] asking guys to work hard. We’ve got to make sure that everybody is working hard, and everybody is paying his dues to be in the lineup and earn a spot.

“That’s the No. 1 priority: You have to compete and you have to work hard. Usually when you do those things, good things happen. We’ve got to back to those little things [with] hard work, commitment and competing every shift.”

Will an honest, direct video session between head coach and players be the key to stopping the team’s most demoralizing stretch of the season, and lead to a prolonged winning streak? Only time will tell.

But the Bruins need something to get spinning in an entirely different direction. 

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while sorting through all the Bruins-related alternative facts out there.

*Matthew Tkachuk is having some disagreements with his parents about his mouth-guard usage with the Calgary Flames.

*Former Yotes D-man Keith Yandle says that the Arizona Coyotes “know what they’re doing” despite their decent to the cellar in the Western Conference.

*Insights on every goaltending situation in the NHL from the crack staff breaking down the fantasy rankings.

*The struggles continue for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they can’t seem to gain any traction in the Atlantic Division.

*Wayne Simmonds took the blame for a late penalty that led to Philly’s undoing as they battle for playoff position in the East.

*Sounds like Patrik Laine might be nearing a return to the lineup, and that’s a very good thing for the Winnipeg Jets.

*For something completely different: We have a title for the next Star Wars film. It’s going to be called “The Last Jedi.”