Final: Bruins beat Flyers, 3-2, in overtime


David Krejci scores with a scorching shot on the fly from the slot at 14:18 of overtime. It was his fourth goal of the playoffs, Nathan Horton gets the assist. Puck rips through Boucher’s pads and bounces off the back of the net and out. No red light comes on but when play stops, a video review awards the Bruins the goal and Game 2.

It’s all Flyers and then Mark Recchi gets an open shot from the right circle, but Scott Hartnell makes a sliding save on the shot. Flyers now have 53 shots in the game, Bruins have 39.


Rich Peverley hits the left post with a quick snapshot from the slot with about 9 minutes to play.

Chara has returned after about a minute’s absence.

Chara has gone to the locker room.

Flyers are all over Bruins in this OT, launching seven shots in the first 6 1/2 minutes. Thomas refusing to give in.

Chris Kelly nearly steals it with weak backhander that Boucher struggles to control at this feet.

Dennis Seidenberg’s feed to the net hits the right post at the 1 1/2 minute mark.

Third Period

By the way, the Flyers took 22 shots in the third period, as many as they had in the first two periods combined. The 22 shots is a Flyer home record for shots in a period in the playoffs. The Bruins had seven shots in the third. Thomas wins the period.

On to overtime.

Thomas saves the Bruins in the last second of regulation with his right toe, getting a digit on James van Riemsdyk’s spinning shot at goal right off the faceoff to the right of Thomas. Briere couldn’t get to the rebound.

Flyers’ last shot on the power play is by James van Riemsdyk, but he shoots wide left.

Thomas makes a save on a stinging slapper by Andrej Meszaros from the right point.


With 2:39 left in a tie game, Chara called for roughing on Danny Briere and the Flyers get their fourth power play.

Another great save by Thomas, this one on Mike Richards with about four minutes to play. Flyers have takes 18 shots.

Boucher denies Bruins’ best chance of the last 10 minutes, making a glove save on Nathan Horton’s one-timer, a 5-foot shot off a feed from Milan Lucic at 14:20.

Flyers with 16 shots in the period and 7 1/2 minutes still to play, are pounding Tim Thomas. No dents yet.

Briere and Giroux slip away for a 2-on-1 with only Andrew Ference back on D for Bruins, but Briere shoots wide.

Both teams have been hitting harder and more often in this game than Game 1, and the pace continues to pick up as the game goes on.

At 5:26, Thomas stones Danny Briere on a clear breakaway. Briere tries to stickhandle forehand to backhand and back to make Thomas move as he rushes in but the goalie stays with him, makes the save, and Dennis Seidenberg rushes in to help sweep the rebound away.

Marchand takes a cross-checking penalty on Kris Versteeg at 3:31. Flyers’ third power play of the game.

Bruins start third with Brad Marchand, Gregory Campbell, and Michael Ryer on the front line on the power play, but they can’t get it into the Flyers’ zone either and the PP expires.

Boucher returns for third.

Second Period

After two periods, Bruins have outshot Flyers, 29-22.

Bruins do some good work on this power play, moving the puck around the zone for most of a minute while looking for an open shot. Kaberle feeds Bergeron at the center blue line for a shot, but Bobrovsky makes the stop and then sits on the puck.


Flyer Scott Hartnell called for slashing at 18:27. Oh dear, another Bruins power play.

With about three minutes to go in the period, Bobrovsky comes up big for Flyers with trio of super saves. First he denies Nathan Horton, who has time to pick his shot from the middle of the Flyer zone, then he makes a save on Chara from the top of the right circle, and another on Krejci from the right circle, holding on to the puck to stop play.

David Krejci’s blind backhand shot from about 5 feet hits the left post.

Van Riemsdyk breaks down the right side again, but Chris Kelly is able to stay with him. Van RIemsdyk mangages a one-handed pass across the crease, but Thomas slides across to get a right pad on Nikolay Zherdev’s one-timer at the left post at 17:46. Best save of the game.

Time for Bobo. Flyers’ backup Sergei Bobrovsky is now in the net. Starter Brian Boucher leaves the game at 11:01, in obvious pain, and heads to the locker room. Appears to have injured his hand on a Johnny Boychuk slapshot.

Van Riemsdyk carries the puck into the Bruins zone down the right wing, stepping around Tomas Kaberle as if the Bruin defenseman were rooted in the ice, but Van Riemsdyk’s sharp angled shot is blocked by Thomas.

McQuaid has been taken to Jefferson Hospital for evaluation.

Without McQuaid Bruins seem to be paying more attention to defense, Flyers have recorded only one shot in first six minutes of the period; Bruins have five. Lots of tight defense: Johnny Boychuk rides off Ville Leino from the puck along the left wall in the Bruins zone, and moments later, Patrice Bergeron hits the ice to reach a poke check on a free puck in the B’s zone.

Bruins keep Flyers penned in their own zone for a minute and a half. First Flyer attempt to set up in B’s zone, and Chara steals theh puck from Jody Shelley.

Milan Lucic opens the second-period offense with a sharp shot from the left circle, Boucher makes a glove save at 1:08.

Adam McQuaid will not return to the game.

First Period

Bruins outshoot Flyers, 16-14, in a Wild-West-style first period, with the Flyers’ James van Riemsdyk scoring twice in the first 10 minutes and the Bruins countering on goals from Chris Kelly and Brad Marchand. Scarcely a moment to breath for either team in that 20 minutes, with defensive play on the backburner.

Bruin defenseman Adam McQuaid misses a flying check attempt on Mike Richards just past Tim Thomas’s left post, and slams into the back boards headfirst at 17:31. He’s down on the ice for a few minutes, but is able to get up and is helped off by teammates, heading down to the locker room.

Goalies trade big saves, Tim Thomas coming out to deny Kimmo Timonen, who is charging down the slot to shoot on the fly. The rebound bounces out and sends Daniel Paille to the other end on a breakaway, but Boucher turns him down.

Two goals in 1 minute 25 seconds and the Bruins are back in a frantically-paced game.

1st period, Philadelphia 2, Boston 2 — Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron combine on a quick scoring play, Bergeron fishing the puck out of the right corner of the Flyer zone and after a quick look, sending a pass to Marchand at the top of the high slot. Marchard snapped his fourth goal of the playoffs past Boucher at 14:15.

1st period, Philadelphia 2, Boston 1 — Just when it looks as if the Flyers are not going to give the Bruins any room to get going, Chris Kelly connects on his fourth goal of the playoffs to halve the Flyer lead at 12:50. Rich Peverley left a drop pass for Tomas Kaberle in the middle of the Flyer zone, and Kaberle flung a wriaster at Boucher. Both Michael Ryder and Kelly crashed the net for the rebound and Kelly pounded it in.

1st period, Philadelphia 2, Boston 0 — James Van Riemsdyk gets his second power-play goal of the game, and his seventh goal of the playoffs, as the Flyers work the man advantage quickly, rattling the Bruins.
With the Flyer power-play unit set up in the Bruins zone, Kimmo Timonen wrists a shot from the center point. Thomas makes the save but the Bruins can’t clear the rebound and Van Riemsdyk clears it past Thomas at 9:31.

Daniel Carcillo carrying the puck down the left wall, and Bruin Gregory Campbell angles in toward the fleet Flyer and uses his stick to try and slow him down. Campbell is called for holding at 8:49.

No PPG for Philadelphia, and then Flyer Jody Shelley is called for boarding at 3:37, giving us our first look at the Bruin power play, 0 for 26 thus far in the playoffs. B’s manage to get three shots, all from defensemen (Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk, and Zdeno Chara), but Brian Boucher holds them off. 0 for 27.

Flyers come right back at Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, who is forced to bat away a flying puck with a high stick and is called for delay of game at 0:48. Milan Lucic serves the penalty.

1st period – Philadelphia 1, Boston 0 — Flyers break out like gangbusters, Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk breaking out on a 2-on-1. Giroux, flying down the right wing, feeds across the zone to van Riemsdyk, who bats in his sixth goal of the playoffs at 0:29.

Game 2 at Wells Fargo Center. Once again, a loud orange crowd, at least 90 percent of the crowd wearing orange shirts. Quick round of “U-S-A!” chant before pregame announcements.

Announcer introduces color guard from the US Marines and local Philadelphia police and fire departments, and then Lauren Hart, who sings heartfelt “God Bless America” with video accompaniment from the late Kate Smith.

Puck drops at 7:42.

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