By Joe Haggerty
PHILADELPHIA It wasnt perfect, but it was a pretty damned good road win in the playoffs for the Bruins.
The Bs rode a hot start and a surging top scoring line to an early lead, and then kept pushing for the last half of the game on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Flyers in Game One at the Wells Fargo Center.
David Krejci and Nathan Horton opened things up with first period goals while attacking the soft white underbelly of the Flyers hockey club between the pipes, Brian Boucher and his two Philly goaltending tag team partners.
The Krejci score was one of two goals on the day for the Bs center a key figure in last years playoffs both before and after he went down with a dislocated wrist that changed the tenor of the series. The first was a nice hustle play with Krejci jumping all over a Dennis Seidenberg point shot, and then easily beating Boucher with a feathered backhand shot.
Horton left the door ajar for the Flyers when he lost Daniel Briere in front of the net, and the Flyers sniper made a play with a shot fired at the Boston net after Horton lost his man in four-on-four coverage. But Horton followed that up with his fourth goal of the playoffs to regain the lead, and then the Bruins poured it on with three straight goals in the second period that chased Boucher from the game.
Mark Recchi beat Boucher with a hustle follow of a rebound kicked out to him, and Krejci followed with a sweet tip of an Adam McQuaid point shot that Boucher never picked up. When Brad Marchand made it a 5-1 hockey game off a rebound goal, Boucher was yanked from the game and Philly gained some of the momentum back. James van Riemsdyk managed a quick goal to make it a three-goal game in the second, but the Bruins were simply too good five-on-five against the Flyers after owning their number pretty much all season.
But Marchand and Gregory Campbell poured it on in the third period with more offense to help push Bostons offensive totals to seven goals in a prolific first game against the Broad Street Bullies.
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BRIGHTON -- The Bruins aren’t going to have anything resembling an All-Star lineup when they take the ice against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night at TD Garden for their preseason opener. But they'll take a long, lingering look at their future with a game-night roster full of prospects and young players who still get butterflies at the thought of putting on an NHL sweater for an Original Six club.
Jake DeBrusk, Danton Heinen, Jakub Zboril, Robbie O’Gara, Peter Cehlarik and Brandon Carlo are among the top B’s youngsters that will be in the lineup, and will be cranking up the energy prior to puck drop against the Blue Jackets.
“Everybody is really excited. I woke up this morning with a big smile on my face knowing that I get to put the B’s jersey on and get to go out [on the ice] at TD Garden,” said Brandon Carlo, who will be paired with John-Michael Liles as he has been throughout the start of training camp. “I probably won’t have much of a nap today because I’m so amped up.
“I feel like I’m moving my feet out there, and I want to show that I’ve gotten better at things I worked on over the summer like moving the puck. I definitely want to show a little bit of physicality out there as well.”
The young players are the ones who also provide the most unknown variable for the coaching staff at this point. So the first preseason game is largely about how those hopefuls respond to faster, more physical and intense competition.
“You’re looking to see effort and energy tonight. If the effort and energy is there everything else will take care of itself,” said assistant coach Joe Sacco. “You don’t really want them to think too much out there tonight. This is a game where players are trying to showcase their talent, and we want them to do that.”
Sacco said Anton Khudobin will play the first two periods and Zane McIntyre will wrap things up. Here are the line combos and D-pairings expected to take the ice against the Blue Jackets: