Bruins crush Flyers, take 3-0 series lead


Bruins crush Flyers, take 3-0 series lead

By DannyPicard

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; Zdeno Chara and David Krejci each scored a goal in the first1:03 of the first period, setting the tone for the Bruins' 5-1 dominating win over the Flyers at TD Garden in Game 3 of their NHL quarterfinal-round playoff series.

The Bruins have a 3-0 series lead, and can close out Philly Friday night at TD Garden.

Chara sniped the top-right corner with a blistering slapshot from the high slot just 30 seconds into the game, and Krejci followed 33 seconds later by finishing a picture-perfect give-and-go cycle with MilanLucic.

Chara added his second goal of the game with 1:22 left inregulation on a power play -- Boston's first power-play goal of the postseason -- to close out the scoring.

The Bruins increased their lead to 4-0 in the second period, endingFlyers goalie Brian Bouchers night.

Daniel Paille made it 3-0 with 6:21 left in the second period,after he sniped the top-right corner from the left circle. Then, Nathan Horton put alow shot through Bouchers five-hole, with 4:46 left in the period.

Horton's shot should have been saved by Boucher, and he wasyanked from the game immediately after in favor of Sergei Bobrovsky.

The Flyers answered with a goal from Andrej Meszaros justover a minute after Boucher was pulled, but the deficit was too much to overcome.

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas made 37 saves.

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Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas,scoring on NHL governors' minds

Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas,scoring on NHL governors' minds

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while doing some early Christmas shopping ahead of the late rush. 

*Mike Zeisberger sits down with a quartet of NHL governors and discusses a number of hot topics including the Vegas franchise and scoring around the league. 

*Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos has been removed from the NHL Board of Governor’s Executive Committee amid rumors that the Canes might be a prime candidate for relocation. 

*Pierre McGuire weighs in on Connor McDavid’s war of words on the ice and Carey Price losing his mind in the crease against the New Jersey Devils. To that end, Wayne Gretzky liked seeing McDavid get a little combative at such a young age. 

*The New York Islanders signed Cal Clutterbuck to a five year contract extension, and some are skeptical it will turn out well for the Isles.

*David Pastrnak is a premier scoring threat in the league, and Scott Cullen has some details behind that. I will say this: his stock falling in the draft had less to do with his size or heaviness, and more to do with him being concussed for a long stretch of time during the year leading up to the draft. 

*The Florida Panthers are really struggling to stay positive with a 1-5-0 record since the ownership group and management decided to fire Gerard Gallant. 

*For something completely different: Baywatch stars then and now. 



Acciari, Heinen called back up to Bruins

Acciari, Heinen called back up to Bruins

BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Bruins made a few roster moves after a slogging 4-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche earlier this week, with an eye toward getting some competition going among the forward group, and perhaps spark a team struggling offensively.

Danton Heinen and Noel Acciari were brought up from Providence to skate with the big club on Saturday morning at Warrior Ice Arena and gritty Anton Blidh was returned to the P-Bruins after a solid stint as a fourth-line energy guy for the Black and Gold. 

Jimmy Hayes and Colin Miller were the late skaters off the ice following morning skate, so those will be the healthy scratches for the Bruins with both Acciari and Heinen in the lineup for the Black and Gold tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden.

Heinen has been tearing it up for the P-Bruins lately with four goals and seven points in his past five games with a plus-2 rating, including a couple of two-goal games for a Providence team that’s starting to heat up. 

Otherwise, things looked fairly similar for the Black and Gold, who didn’t make any changes to the struggling top power-play unit that was a disaster on Thursday night in the first period. It was Patrice Bergeron in the bumper role, Ryan Spooner on the half-wall, David Backes at the front of the net and David Krejci and Torey Krug manning the point positions. 

Here are the Bruins projected line combos and D-pairings based on the morning skate: 







Morrow-K. Miller

C. Miller