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How Do You Explain Boston?

From Red Fisher of The Gazette via Calgary Herald:

How do you explain a Boston team that was held to a mere 17 even-strength goals by the Canadiens in their first-round series going into Philadelphia on Saturday and shredding the Flyers 7-3? It boggles the mind.

From the moment Boston opened the scoring 1: 52 into the series opener, Bruins forwards basically controlled play all over the ice and particularly in the Flyers’ end. What they also did was force Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette to make an in-game goalie change for the fourth time in these playoffs after Brian Boucher had yielded five goals on 23 shots, leaving his team on the short end of a 5-1 deficit.

It was why Philadelphia defenceman Kimmo Timonen was telling media people after the game: “You guys saw it. It was a bad game from us on every level. Nothing seemed to work for us tonight. It had nothing to do with the goaltending either, it was all about us.”

Nothing to do about the goaltending? Yeah. Sure.

read on, plus a look at the 2nd round surprises in each series

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Flyers Living On The Edge

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Unlike a cat with nine lives, the Flyers do not have a running tally in their locker room that will let them know when they’ve finally dug their own grave.

At some point, whether it is June 18 - the last day of the Stanley Cup finals - or sometime next week, the music will stop. The Flyers’ ridiculously entertaining, if not nerve-racking, run in the Stanley Cup playoffs will end. The playoff beards will be shaven and the crowd will stop cheering, eventually.

The Flyers just never seem to know when they’ve had enough.

Brian Boucher was not lying yesterday when he explained the Flyers’ situation in the Eastern Conference semifinals after their 7-3 Game 1 shellacking on Saturday afternoon in front of the home fans. The clichés, thrown around yesterday were plentiful.

“It’s only one game,” Boucher said. “We are down 0-1. Whether we lose a game, 1-0, in triple overtime, or 7-3, we are still down, 1-0. It wouldn’t change how things are going.”

read on

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Now What Flyers?

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

The bare burgundy seats, long since emptied via mass exodus in the final 10 minutes, painted a fair enough picture.

When the final horn sounded on Saturday afternoon, the Wells Fargo Center was nearly as lifeless as the Flyers’ effort in Game 1 against the Bruins. As such, the lower bowl looked more like a preseason game against the Islanders in September rather than a second round playoff game.

And so, the Flyers now trail the Boston Bruins one game to none in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Stop us if you’ve heard that before. This time, after a 7-3 shellacking that Claude Giroux may have described best:

“It’s more of our loss than their win,” Giroux said. “I think we kind of game them the win.”


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Open Post- Boston At Philadelphia

First game of the series and puck drops just after 3:00pm ET on NBC, CBC and RDS.

Let the discussion begin.

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Bruins Continue To Bash The Habs

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

There’s been a great deal of poor winning going on in Boston since Wednesday night, and that’s a shame given the high road that the Bruins and their extended family could have chosen to drive into the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Canadiens-Bruins quarterfinal should have been filed proudly by Boston as the organization’s ninth playoff win in 33 lifetime meetings with Montreal, and the end of a wretched string of losses in seven-game series.

Bruins players could have buried the playoff hatchet to speak nicely of the opponent with whom they’d just shaken hands.


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Evening Line

“I have respect for the Montreal Canadiens team and the way they played that series and the way that they battled, but to be completely honest, I don’t have respect for actions like that.

“That’s a travesty to the game. That’s not the way the way the game is supposed to be played. When I saw that happen in the first period, when he threw himself back on Campbell, it can be infuriating.

“If anything, it seems the refs let him get away with more, which I’m very surprised at. He’s making the refs look not good on a regular basis. He has got enough talent, and he’s a good enough player that there’s no need for stuff like that.”

-Tim Thomas, goaltender for the Boston Bruins on Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban.  More at the Toronto Sun.

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Want Fries With That?

From last night, in case you missed it:

And Kurtenblog’s Twitter:


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Bruins Slay Their Dragon

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

Ghosts. Ghosts in the hallways, ghosts on the ice. They say there were spirits that haunted the old Boston Garden, which used to sit right next door; they said the ghosts roamed about, whispering here and there, helping when they could. The old Garden is a parking lot now, next to its successor. But doesn’t mean there couldn’t be ghosts in the new building, as well.

For the Boston Bruins, they created their own haunting. They had lost consecutive Game 7s at home, the last of which came after blowing a 3-0 series lead, and a 3-0 lead at the end. And after blowing leads of 2-0 and 3-2 to the Montreal Canadiens — hard-to-kill men, to be sure — in Game 7 of their first-round series Wednesday, you could almost hear the rattling of chains.


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Video- You Are Not Dreaming

Jack Edwards, play by play man for the Boston Bruins, with a post game editorial tonight.


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It’s A Night Of One Goal Wins

First Nathan Horton scores in OT to advance the Bruins to the EC Semifinals against the Flyers.

Then the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Penguins in Pittsburgh 1-0 on this Sean Bergenheim goal.  The Bolts advance and will face the Washington Capitals.



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