2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Semifinals Game 3 Recap
Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 3 - Boston 5, Philadelphia 1 – Bruins lead series, 3-0
BOSTON- Is all this one big act of Déjà vu, or are the Boston Bruins destined for the sweep. Locate the brooms because the Bruins are one win away from eliminating the Philadelphia Flyers and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals against Tampa Bay. The Black and Gold used their powerful offense to claim the 5-1 victory over the Flyers.
Before many fans could tune into the game the score was in favor of the Bruins 2-0. Bruin headman Zdeno Chara, also the NHL’s hardest shooter, scored 30 seconds into the affair and David Krejci scored 33 seconds later and the Bruins were smooth sailing at the TD Garden.
Boston built on that and continued to chase Philadelphia’s goalie Brian Boucher with 28 shots and posted another bad start. It wasn’t until the score was 4-0 that Philadelphia’s coach Peter Laviolette used his timeout and contemplated pulling Boucher for the third straight game and continuing the goalie shuffle that has been happening since their first round game against Buffalo but he finished the game. It now only raises the question, will the Flyers second string, Sergei Bobrovsky get the nod for Game 4. Only time will tell.
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None the less, Boston now holds a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semi-finals-the same lead they held against the Flyers just 12 months ago. All the Bruins players can attest the fact that they choked, but it’s a new year and it seems they haven’t lost focus on their current goal and not let history repeat itself.
Last night Bruins goalie and Vezina Trophy finalist, Tim Thomas, had another impressive start with 37 saves on 38 shots.
Everything went well for the Bruins and the 17,625 fans who attended the game. Flyers Andrej Meszaros played the role of spoiler for Thomas as he scored his second goal of the playoffs at the 16:26 mark in the third period to make it 5-1. However, it was too little too late. The Boston Bruins not only won the scoring category but also won 43 of the 55 faceoffs, something we didn’t do against the Habs in round 1.
On Friday night in Boston we will see if history has a chance to repeat itself or will Tim Thomas and the Bruins lick the envelope and send Laviolette’s gang back to the Liberty Bell.
By: Kyle Hall
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer
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