Bruins show no love in 7-3 beatdown of Flyers

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Bruins show no love in 7-3 beatdown of Flyers

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

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.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Bruins cancel practice to 'regroup' after bad loss to Islanders

Bruins cancel practice to 'regroup' after bad loss to Islanders

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins were supposed to hit the ice for the eighth day in a row on Tuesday following their empty 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday afternoon, but those plans were scrubbed.

The reeling Black and Gold instead cancelled practice, with only Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes and Zane McIntyre taking the ice at Warrior Ice Arena and the rest of the B’s hitting the giant reset button after an embarrassing loss.

“I think it’s one of those [things] where you’ve got to regroup and recharge the batteries, and feel better,” said Patrice Bergeron. “Maybe a little bit of fatigue was part of it [Monday vs. the Isles] and you use a day like today to look forward, look at videos and be better the next day. It happens today and we have another game tomorrow [against Detroit].”

While it is true that the Bruins and Winnipeg Jets have played more games than anybody else in the NHL in this wacky season with a condensed schedule, the B’s leaders weren’t having it as an excuse with both the Maple Leafs and Senators holding an incredible six games in hand on Boston. Blown opportunities against bad opponents are exactly the recipe for missing the playoffs, as they have in each of the past two seasons, and the Bruins are tracking to do that again.

“All of the teams are in the same situation. It’s about managing and finding ways to be at your best every night and in every game. Yes, maybe [the condensed schedule] is part of it, but you can’t just put the blame on that. We’re professionals and we need to show up every game.”

The Bruins didn’t show up against the Islanders on Monday afternoon and basically pulled their second no-show vs. the Isles on home ice this season. There’s no excuse for that given the B’s current situation battling for the postseason. 

Maybe a day off the ice will improve that situation and maybe it’s simply rewarding a team that didn’t earn it on Monday afternoon, but the B’s have to hope it’s much more of the former than the latter. 

Tuesday, Jan. 17: Hershey Star Wars jerseys raise big bucks

Tuesday, Jan. 17: Hershey Star Wars jerseys raise big bucks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while feeling like Felicity Jones could have been a little better on SNL last weekend. It didn’t feel like it was the right platform for her and she was just straight reading the cue cards in her monologue.  

*Congrats to the Hershey Bears, who raised over $42,000 for charity with their Empire-inspired Star Wars jerseys from last weekend.

*When Bruins winger Brad Marchand begins to score his value goes way, way up, according to TSN stat maven Scott Cullen.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Harrington wants the Buffalo Sabres to get into “attack mode” rather than the passive mode they’ve been in for some time.

*A discussion about the NHL trade deadline and which players are likely to get moved still weeks and weeks away from that deadline.

*The Winnipeg Jets are searching for answers after another loss, and have called upon Ondrej Pavelec in a move of desperation.

*Funny commercial with Brent Burns and Joe Thornton, who have to be the ultimate bosom, bearded buddies in the NHL.

*For something completely different: as the next Lando, Donald Glover understands why the character is vital to the Star Wars universe.