The Boston Bruins top line of David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic had a relatively quiet first round playoff stat sheet, save for Horton’s crucial overtime goals. However, on Saturday afternoon in their opening game matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, they poured it on from beginning to end.
Krejci registered two goals and two assists, Horton chipped in with a goal and an assist, and Brad Marchand also scored two goals, as the Bruins manhandled the Flyers on their home ice, 7-3.
The Bruins came out firing right away, and were able to capitalize within the first two minutes of the game, with Krejci netting a backhander off a rebound at 1:52.
Danny Briere tied it at one with his NHL-leading seventh goal of the playoffs, but Horton quickly answered with his own to put the Bruins back up to stay.
Flyers’ starting goalie Brian Boucher was lifted after Marchand potted the first of his two to make it 5-1 for the Bruins. Boucher was replaced by rookie Sergei Bobrovsky, marking the fourth time in eight playoff games that the Flyers have used two goalies in a game.
Four of the first goals scored by the Bruins were scored off rebounds, and Flyers’ defensemen were unable to keep the Bruins forwards away from the slot, making for easy scoring chances in front.
The Bruins struggled once again on the power play, going 0-5. However, on this day, their even-strength play was more than good enough.