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After losing a pair on home ice, Peter Laviolette plays a psychological card on the Bruins

05.03.11 at 12:14 am ET
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PHILADELPHIA — After his team fell into an 0-2 hole with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Bruins Monday night, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette attempted to play a psychological card on the Bruins. Simply put, Laviolette said all the pressure is on Boston to advance now that that have a stranglehold on the series for the second straight year.

‘€œWe have to go into Boston and win one hockey game,” Laviolette said. “Going to the well is not an easy thing to do. It’€™s a difficult thing to do and we did it last series and we did it last year against Boston. When you lose your first two games in your home building, I would say there’€™s a real expectation for the Bruins to win the series now. So it relieves us of the pressure, I believe, a little bit to just go in and play a game in Boston. And while it relieves us of the pressure, it certainly mounts onto them to be successful now that they have a 2-0 lead.”

The Flyers came back from 3-2 down against the Sabres in the first round while the Bruins overcame losing the first two games to the Canadiens on their home ice to advance. Laviolette went as far as to guarentee that his team would play well enough in Games 3 and 4 in Boston to bring the series back to Philadelphia for a Game 5 this Sunday.

‘€œI really like our guys,” Laviolette said. “I think we’€™re going to go into Boston, we’€™re going to play a strong hockey game, we’€™re going to win a game. This team never quits. We get to remove some of that pressure right now and just go play, have some fun and see if we can score some more goals than we did tonight. I truly believe this team still has a lot of fight in it.’€

Read More: 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Boston Bruins, NHL, Peter Laviolette

Adam McQuaid back to Boston with Bruins after head-on scare

05.02.11 at 11:54 pm ET
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PHILADELPHIA — After being taken to a Philadelphia hospital after falling head-first into the boards late in the first period, Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid will travel back to Boston with the team, Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Boston’s 3-2 overtime win.

McQuaid was shaken after tripping over the leg of Mike Richards and falling into the boards. He was tended to on the ice by Bruins medical staff before being helped off by teammates Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara and taken to a Philadelphia hospital.

“Adam is coming back home with us,” Julien said. “He’s on his way back. He was sent to the hosital for further evaluation. I don’t know the [complete] details but he’s coming back with us and that’s a good sign in itself. Our D did a great job of stepping up.”

The Bruins were forced to play with five defenseman for the rest of the game, including overtime. Dennis Seidenberg played 36 minutes while Chara played 31 minutes and had to leave briefly after a long shift in overtime before returning.

Read More: 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Adam McQuaid, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers

Joke’s gotten old, but as Chris Kelly’s production grows, so too does the legend of the cage

05.02.11 at 11:51 pm ET
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PHILADELPHIA — Chris Kelly hears it every day (sometimes more than once), but as long as he continues to play the way he has, he’ll keep hearing it. His full cage has magical powers.

Bruins fans know two Chris Kellys. There’s the one who had five points in 24 regular-season games with the Bruins after being acquired via trade in Feburary, and there’s the one with the cage. Given that the latter has six points in six games since having to wear his full cage thanks to a Game 3 shove from Scott Gomez, people prefer that one.

Yet the running joke with media members that Kelly will have to keep the cage even when his face, which hit goal-post after sliding from the play with Gomez, fully heals, is getting old for the third-line center, who has often played along with the joke.

Though he spoke about the cage Monday morning, he was asked about it once again after scoring the Bruins’ first goal in their 3-2 overtime victory in Game 2. His reaction?

“You guys are taking that cage and running with it, eh?” he asked a group of laughing reporters.

“The cage will come off when I’m suggested to take it off, regardless of how things keep going here. That will be my final statement on the cage,” he added with a grin.

Not if he keeps it up. That second Kelly has been too big for the Bruins.

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David Krejci wins it for Bruins in OT

05.02.11 at 10:42 pm ET
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PHILADELPHIA — It took some extra time and some extra nail-biting, but the Bruins grabbed a 2-0 series lead over the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday thanks to a 3-2 overtime victory. David Krejci scored the game-winner at 14:00 of the first overtime period. It was Krejci’s third goal the last two games, and the Bruins’ fourth overtime victory this postseason.

The Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the game’s first 10 minutes thanks to a pair of goals from James van Riemsdyk. The 21-year old beat Tim Thomas 29 seconds into the contest to give the Flyers the lead, and he followed it at 9:31 with a power play goal.

The B’s would come roaring back, as Chris Kelly put a puck past Brian Boucher with traffic in front of the net at 12:50, with Brad Marchand scoring 1:25 later. The teams played to a scoreless second period, though Boucher would leave with an apparent hand injury after from a Johnny Boychuk slap shot. Boucher was replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky for the remainder of the period, but would return in the third and play the rest of the game.

Thomas made 42 saves in regulation, while Boucher stopped 28. Bobrovsky saved all six shots he saw.

The teams will now head to Boston, where they will play Games 3 and 4 at TD Garden on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

– The Bruins have trailed by multiple goals on the road twice this postseason, and have come back to tie it in both instances. The B’s trailed by a pair in the second period of Game 4 of the quarterfinals vs. the Canadiens and went on to win the game in overtime, and once they got going, they needed less than three minutes to come back from the Flyers’ 2-0 lead in the first period.

– This is some start to the series for Marchand. After totaling an impressive five points in the Montreal series, the rookie has four points, including three goals, in the first two contests of the quarterfinals. His goal on Monday was a big one, as his snipe on a wrist shot in the first period tied the game at two. He did have one of the occasional moments that comes with his play when he took a cross-checking penalty 3:21 into the third period.

– Chris Kelly can say he hates his cage all he wants, but the fact of the matter is that he’s had six points in six games since first donning in in Game 4 of the quarterfinals vs. the Canadiens. It’s either a good-luck charm or perhaps there’s far more to Kelly than was initially seen when the B’s traded for him in February.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

Adam McQuaid left the game in the first period and did not return. The rookie defenseman went to hit Mike Richards in the Boston zone, but it seem his stick hit Richards’ skate, causing him to trip over it and go head-first into the boards. He was taken to Jefferson Hospital for evaluation. If he is unable to play in Game 3, you can expect Shane Hnidy ‘€” unless Steve Kampfer is ready to return.

– The Flyers really applied the pressure in the third period, with 22 shots begin fired on Tim Thomas. Luckily for the Bruins, their netminder was up for the challenge and shut down many serious bids from Philadelphia. The B’s had seven shots in the third period.

– JVR has been a thorn in Boston’s side, and there’s no question about it. The 21-year-old New Jersey native has scored three goals in the first two games of the series, even after Thomas stoned him on a 2-on-1 with Nikolay Zherdev in Game 1. The UNH product has now scored in four straight games, and three straight playoff games against the Bruins. He had the goal late in the first period of Game 7 against the B’s that started the Flyers’ comeback.

The flashy play from van Riemsdyk wasn’t limited to just his scoring. He had a boat-load of opportunities for the Flyers Monday on a night in which he was clearly the best player on the ice. Among his chances was a breakaway in which he missed the net with Dennis Seidenberg giving chase.

– Speaking of defensemen, Zdeno Chara most definitely gave Danny Briere a little extra something in front of the Bruins’ bench with 2:39 remaining in the game, going off for roughing and giving the Flyers a big power play at the wrong time.

Read More: 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Brad Marchand, Brian Boucher, Chris Kelly

Bruins/Flyers Game 2 Live Blog: Headed to overtime

05.02.11 at 6:59 pm ET
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Join DJ Bean, Mike Petraglia live from Wells Fargo Center (as well as a cast of others) as the Bruins take on the Flyers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Bruins/Flyers Game 2 Live Blog

Read More: 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Brian Boucher, Chris Pronger, James Van Riemsdyk

God Bless America brings down the house

05.02.11 at 6:59 pm ET
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PHILADELPHIA — Lauren Hart delivered one of her most inspired God Bless America performances prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semis between the Flyers and Bruins Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

At the end, the cheers from the sellout crowd dressed in orange turned into chants of “USA, USA, USA.”

Read More: 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Boston Bruins, God Bless America, Lauren Hart

Paul Holmgren confirms: Chris Pronger is out for Game 2

05.02.11 at 6:06 pm ET
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PHILADELPHIA — Approximately an hour before faceoff for Game 2, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren confirmed that top defenseman Chris Pronger will be out with an undisclosed injury.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie – on his twitter page – initially reported in the afternoon that Pronger would likely miss the game, with Danny Syvret taking his place. But Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren sent a text out to Philadelphia beat writers that the defenseman was “OK,” leading to speculation that he would play in Game 2.

But minutes later, numerous reports confirmed the Pronger scratch for Game 2.

Pronger missed the last five minutes of Saturday’s Game 1 and was spotted headed up the runway with about two minutes remaining.

The injury is not believed to be related to the broken hand he suffered in the middle of the season, leading to speculation that it is some sort of leg or lower body injury.

Read More: 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Boston Bruins, Chris Pronger, NHL

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