The Boston Bruins are once again set to face off against the Philadelphia Flyers following their hard-fought 4-3 OT victory over the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night. The B’s are hungry and will look to make up for last season’s playoff showing when the Flyers came back to win from a 3-0 deficit in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli insists that his team may find their next opponents easier to handle despite their recognized strength and size. “They’re bigger, first and foremost,” he said. “You saw that Montreal stretched the ice, and they’re always coming at you. These guys don’t stretch the ice as much, but they can go to the weak side a lot in their neutral zone, and they’re coming in rushes, but they don’t stretch it as much. They’re more north-south; they’re like us to a certain degree. They’ve got skill players; they’ve got some heavy players. Obviously there are more similarities between us and them than there are between us and Montreal.”
Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers Playoff ScheduleGame 1: Saturday, April 30 at Philadelphia, 3:00 PM
Game 2: Monday, May 2 at Philadelphia, 7:30 PM
Game 3: Wednesday, May 4 at Boston, 7:00 PM
Game 4: Friday, May 6 at Boston, 8:00 PM
Game 5: Sunday, May 8 at Philadelphia, 3:00 PM (if necessary)
Game 6: Tuesday, May 10 at Boston, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Thursday, May 12 at Philadelphia, TBD (if necessary)
The NHL has suspended Philadelphia Flyers left wing Jody Shelley two games for a hit from behind on Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid on Saturday night. The hit came with 14:52 remaining in the second period as both players were chasing a pick behind the net. While McQuaid had has back to Shelley, Shelley pushed him from behind, causing him to lose his balance and go crashing head first into the boards.
McQuaid laid on the ice for several minutes, and was eventually helped off, but later returned to the game. Shelley received a five minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. Shelley handled the incident in a classy manner, as he immediately apologized to McQuaid as he was on the ice, and later reiterated his regrets as McQuaid was making his way to the locker room. Still, the suspension is warranted, as there is no place for hits from behind in hockey, even if there is no malicious intent.
Need we be reminded about the vicious hit Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron took from then Flyers defenseman Randy Jones in 2007. It is only a matter of time until some is seriously injured, or worse, on a hit from behind. The NHL needs to do all they can to take these hits out of the game. Suspending Shelley is a step in the right direction.
Tim Thomas collected 41 saves to record his NHL-leading fifth shutout as the Boston Bruins offense went to work for three goals in last night’s victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Yesterday’s game marked the first meeting between the Bruins and Flyers since May when Philadelphia rallied from a 3-0 series deficit to eliminate Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
“That’s what we wanted to do coming here tonight,” said Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin. “Not only was it revenge for last year, but we also wanted a nice fresh start. That has been our main thing as of late. We wanted to come out with a better start, be hungrier and play a little more desperate hockey. Tonight we did that.”
Patrice Bergeron was first to score 5:40 into the contest before Seguin found the net later in the period for the early 2-0 advantage. Milan Lucic solidified the win with a goal on empty net as Thomas continued to deny the Flyers attack. The B’s are next set to host the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at the TD Garden. They will then face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday before returning to Boston to matchup with the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders.
Following a disappointing 2-1 Game 6 loss in Philadelphia, the Boston Bruins have no choice but to correct their recent play heading into Game 7 this Friday at the TD Garden. The Flyers have tied it up after falling in the first three contests. Philadelphia was in control last night from the start courtesy of Mike Richard’s goal 6:58 into the first period. Danny Briere was able to capitalize on a power play for the only score of the second. Milan Lucic split the deficit for Boston late in the third, but there simply wasn’t enough time to stage a full comeback from there.
The winner of the series rubber match will go on to face the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston players and coaches seem collected and prepared for Friday’s matchup with their season on the line at home. “If you would have asked me before the series if it would go seven, I would have said yes,” said Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman. “No one thought we would win three straight to start the series.” The B’s are 16-0 when leading a 7-Game series 3-0. Find the best Boston Bruins playoff ticket deals with us at Ace!
Simon Gagne found the net twice as the Philadelphia Flyers defense shut down the Boston Bruins en route to a 4-0 W at the TD Garden in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Ville Leino notched the initial score 6:41 into the first period before Gagne and Scott Hartnell dominated the second. Gagne came through again early in the third for the final dagger. Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton split the work between the pipes to rack up 23 saves combined.
Boucher was forced to leave mid-game due to a left knee injury during a scramble for a loose puck. The recent victory marks Leighton’s first appearance since hurting his ankle back in March. “I was a little bit nervous at the start,” said Leighton. “I didn’t want to lose the confidence of the team. We scored some goals in the second and it took some pressure off.”
The Bruins have a day to regroup after suffering their second consecutive loss this series. “They came out and slapped us in the face. Now we have to realize it’s a series,” said forward Mark Recchi. “We weren’t on top of our game. We didn’t play well. When you’re not playing well, it doesn’t matter who was in the net or who you’re playing.” Game 6 is set for Wednesday at 8:00 PM in Philadelphia.
Tuukka Rask collected 34 saves as Blake Wheeler and Miroslav Satan scored 94 seconds apart for the Boston Bruins to gain the early advantage en route to claiming victory over the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 Wednesday at the Wachovia Center. Boston now leads the series 3-0 with Game 4 scheduled for Friday night. “We are in good shape, but now we have to take care of business,” said Rask. “It was just one of those games when you see a lot of shots, you feel comfortable, you’re not making any extra moves and you’re standing there and everything seems to hit you.”
Philadelphia’s Arron Asham notched the initial goal of the contest before Wheeler and Satan came through for the B’s just minutes later. Following a defensive battle in the second, Mark Recchi came up with a power play score 2:30 into the third block. Patrice Bergeron then supplied the unassisted dagger late in the game on empty net.
In their longtime post-season history the Flyers have never finished on top when trailing 0-2. The B’s are 30-12 after winner Game 3. If Philly can find a way to win tomorrow, the series will return to Boston for Game 5 on Monday, May 10th at 7:00 PM. Purchase your Boston Bruins playoff tickets with us at Ace!
Milan Lucic supplied the go-ahead goal with 3 minutes left in regulation for the Boston Bruins to win 3-2 over the Philadelphia Flyers last night at the TD Garden. The Bruins certainly capitalized at home, now holding the 2-0 series lead looking ahead to their next two games starting Wednesday in Philadelphia. Lucic’s turnaround slap shot in the third block marked his first goal this postseason. “I was trying to block the defense out and wheel and shoot,” said Lucic. “Luckily, it found a hole. It was more a relief than anything else. Especially when it’s a game-winner like that.”
Johnny Boychuk opened the festivities for Boston with a goal 5:12 into the first period. Mike Richards then retaliated for the Flyers before Miroslav Satan helped the B’s regain control midway through the second. Danny Briere scored in the final minute, eventually setting the stage for Lucic in the end. Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots-on-goal to earn a .923 save percentage. Boston Bruins playoff tickets are still available with us at Ace!
With the Capitals loss to the Canadiens in game 7 of their round 1 series the Bruins will now play the Philadelphia Flyers in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The series will kick off in Boston on Saturday May 1 at 12:30 pm at the TD Garden.
Round 2 Schedule: Bruins vs Flyers
Game 1 – 5/1/2010 12:30 at Boston
Game 2 – 5/3/2010 7:00 at Boston
Game 3 – 5/5/2010 7:00 at Philadelphia
Game 4 – 5/7/2010 7:00 at Philadelphia
Game 5 – 5/10/2010 7:00 at Boston
Game 6 – 5/12/2010 TBD at Philadelphia
Game 7 – 5/14/2010 7:00 at Boston
Bruins playoff tickets are available for all potential games. If you purchased tickets before these dates were announced please adhere to the game description you purchased. Anything tickets purchased for Bruins Home Game 1 (originally listed as 4/29) will be honored at Saturday’s 5/1 game at the TD Garden.