2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Semifinals Game 2 Recap
Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 2 - Boston 3, Philadelphia 2 (OT) – Bruins lead series, 2-0
PHILADELPHIA- It feels like the Philadelphia Flyers threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Boston Bruins Monday Night in the city of brotherly love but they ended up on the short end of a 3-2 OT victory by Boston on Monday night in Philadelphia by the courtesy of David Krejci at the 14:00 minute mark. All game the Boston Bruins maintained composure and stuck to the game plan and are now just two games away from punching their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals. It took a career high 52 saves on 54 shots for Tim Thomas to seal the win, and claim the vintage Bruins jacket, an honor voted by the players on the game’s most valuable player.
The temperature was already hot before the first face-off as Lauren Hart did a flawless rendition of “God Bless America” and the fans of 19,900 at the Wells Fargo Center chanted “U-S-A”. A day after Osama Bin Laden was killed by our American troops. Many people thought it was going to be the same massacre as the 7-3 blowout win the Bruins applied during Game 1, but don’t tell that to Philadelphia’s James van Riemsdyk, as the Flyers got first blood 29 seconds into the affair and later finished with 2 points and 8 shots on goal. As the late college football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant says “Offense wins games, but defense wins championships” and the Flyers don’t have the defense luxury. Starting three goalies to date is an NHL post-season. Flyers starter Brian Boucher got the nod for Game 2, but later blew his 2-0 lead. Scores by Chris Kelly at 12:50 and Brad Marchand at 14:15 made it a tie game going into the 2nd period.
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The third period looked a lot like the second; diving saves, hard checks, strong shots, and precision passing. Flyers captain Mike Richards received many boos throughout the night as he missed ten of his shots taken. The scare of the night came late in the first period when a Bruins defenseman Adam McQuid slammed headfirst into the boards. McQuid went motionless and needed help off the ice. He was checked into a local hospital for pre-cautionary measures, but later flew home with the team.
Now the pressure lays on the Flyer’s as Boston returns home Wednesday for Game 3. It looks similar to last year but this season the Bruins are 22-13-6 at home, and in the playoffs prefer home cooking.
By: Kyle Hall
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer
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