Bruins sweep Flyers, move to conference finals


Bruins sweep Flyers, move to conference finals

By Danny Picard

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; The Philadelphia Flyers decided to change things up between the pipes, and started Sergei Bobrovsky as their starting goaltender in Game 4 on Friday night. But it didnt make a difference, as the Bruins got two goals from Milan Lucic and completed a four-game sweep of the Flyers with a 5-1 win at the TD Garden.

The Bs will now host Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Lucic put the Bruins up 3-1 with 4:57 left in the third period, as he finished a perfect lead pass from Nathan Horton with a low snap shot. Horton was holding the puck at the right point, and flipped a lead pass ahead to a streaking Lucic, who then skated in all alone.

Brad Marchand and Daniel Paille added empty-netters with 1:56 and 24.8 seconds left in the game.

Johnny Boychuk had previously put the Bruins up 2-1, three minutes into the third period, when his slap shot from the right point ended up top shelf.

However, the goal was scored just moments after Patrice Bergeron took a hard hit up high from Claude Giroux back in the Bruins zone, and while skating off the ice on his own power immediately after, he went straight back to the runway.

Kris Versteeg sent both teams into the third period tied at 1-1, after he came in all alone and flipped the puck top shelf while deking left, with 6:38 left in the second.

Versteeg took a nice flip pass from Mike Richards after Richards stole the puck in the neutral zone, and had Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg right on his tail. Before Seidenberg could completely catch up, Richards led Versteeg in all alone.

The Bruins had previously taken a 1-0 lead into the second period, thanks to Lucics power-play goal with eight minutes left in the first. The Bs were just 31 seconds into the 5-on-4 man advantage, and David Krejci made a pass down to Nathan Horton at the left post, who then quickly through it out front to a wide open Lucic, who easily put the puck past Bobrovsky for the first goal of the game, and Bostons second power-play goal of the postseason.
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Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

WASHINGTON - Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead Wednesday night.

Justin Williams scored twice and Daniel Winnik also had a goal to put Washington ahead 3-0 about six minutes into the second period.

After Winnik's tally, Washington went over 26 minutes without a shot on goal. Boston dominated the final five minutes of the second period, when Dominic Moore and David Pastrnak beat goaltender Braden Holtby. Colin Miller's power-play score 8:19 into third tied it at 3.

Boston arrived in Washington 4-0-1 over its last five games with three wins in a row, including a 4-3 overtime triumph against Florida on Monday night.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists for the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin got his first point since Nov. 26.

Boston outshot Washington 34-20. The Capitals have won two straight following a three-game losing skid.