Bruins show no love in 7-3 beatdown of Flyers


Bruins show no love in 7-3 beatdown of Flyers

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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Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.

Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure


Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure

The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.

It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.

Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.

The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.