Game Two Plus/Minus: B’s-Flyers

The Boston Bruins have won three in a row with their Game Two overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers. David Krejci’s game-winner was reviewed but was ultimately upheld by the officials.

No. 5 – Chris Kelly’s Goal

The Bruins had dug themselves an early 2-0 hole, but boy did they bounce back.

After James van Riemsdyk scored twice, Chris Kelly scored a nice goal while crashing the net. It was Kelly’s third goal of the playoffs and his first goal of the series.

Kelly’s line with Rich Peverley and Michael Ryder has been the best one of the playoffs so far. The first line has struggled and the second one has played well, but Kelly and Peverley have improbably led the offense.

No. 4 – Brad Marchand’s Goal

Marchand scored a little less than three minutes after Kelly’s goal, on a snipe from the dot. It was Marchand’s third goal of the series (he scored twice in Game 1 on Saturday). His tied the game for Boston and seemed to give them some momentum in the first period.

Marchand had a very good series vs Montreal but the results have not shown until now. He is one of the only Bruins who hustled all night and also for all of the Montreal series.

No. 3 – Late Penalty Kill

With 2:39 left in regulation, a roughing call was assessed to Zdeno Chara to give the Flyers a late power play. Chara had grabbed Danny Briere as the puck skipped by and the ref was right there to see it.

With Chara out the Bruins also lost one of their best penalty killers in Chara and after Adam McQuaid went down Dennis Seidenberg seemed tired out there. Luckily players like Patrice Bergeron and Greg Campbell made some key plays to make the kill.

No. 2 – Krejci’s Goal

His linemate Milan Lucic may be struggling, but David Krejci is not.

After a lagging overtime, Krejci got his chance as he one timed a shot from the slot. Play continued after the puck hit the back of the net but after the Flyers iced the puck the referees reviewed the goal to give the Bruins the win. The goal light had not gone off and the ref waved his arms as if no goal while Bruins players began to flood the ice.

After they realized there was no goal the players went back to the bench where they were soon informed it was a good goal.

No. 1 – Tim Thomas

Fifty-two saves. The last time I saw that was the Sunday afternoon lacrosse game between the Rochester Knighthawks and Toronto Rock. Pretty impressive for a hockey goaltender there.

Thomas shut the door on the Flyers several time on that late kill and in overtime while the Bruins struggled to find any offensive rhythm. Thomas deserved a win tonight and the Bruins earned it for him, and tonight he can wear the Bruins retro jacket as the player of the game.


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