Boston and Philadelphia resume their Eastern Conference semifinal showdown with Monday’s matchup. The third-seeded Bruins are trying to avenge last year’s painful playoff ouster, while the second-seeded Flyers want to avoid dropping the first two games of the series on their home ice.
Boston jumped out to a 3-0 series advantage over Philadelphia last year before dropping four consecutive contests. That series also occurred during the Eastern Conference semifinals, and the Flyers used that momentum all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals before eventually losing to Chicago.
That marked just the third time in the NHL postseason that a team won a series after dropping the first three games. Last year’s matchup was between teams seeded sixth and seventh in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins are hoping to exercise some playoff demons and capture their first Stanley Cup since 1972.
Don Best's Real-Time Odds list Philadelphia as 135 home ‘chalk’ over Boston, with the total set at 5 ½ ‘under’ (-125). Versus will provide coverage of Monday’s Game 2 beginning at 4:30 p.m. PT from Wells Fargo Center.
Boston throttled Philadelphia in Saturday’s Game 1 as a 121 road underdog, 7-3, while the combined 10 goals soared ‘over’ the 5 ½-goal closing total. The Flyers are now a surprising 3-9 their past 12 home games.
The Bruins scored at least two goals in every period, led by David Krejci and Brad Marchand who each scored twice. Krejci also had a pair of assists, while Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell also got into the scoring frenzy.
Goaltender Tim Thomas recorded 31 saves in the victory. Boston failed to score on five power-play attempts, and is now mired in a 0-for-26 drought with a man advantage this postseason.
Philadelphia pulled netminder Brian Boucher in the second period with the team trailing, 5-1. Four of the five goals against Boucher occurred on rebounds, and he was replaced with rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
Danny Briere, James van Riemsdyk and Mike Richards lit the lamp in a losing effort. The Flyers did finish the contest with slight advantages in faceoffs won, 35-33, and shots on goal, 34-33. Forward Claude Giroux had two assists for the fourth straight matchup. Philadelphia is 15-20 in a series when dropping Game 1.
Boston beat Philadelphia three times in four meetings during the regular season, while the ‘under’ went 3-1. The Flyers lone triumph occurred in overtime Dec. 11 as a 125 road underdog, 2-1. The Bruins triumphed Dec. 1 as a 119 road ‘dog, 3-0, Jan. 13 as a 120 home favorite, 7-5, and March 27 as a 106 road ‘dog, 2-1.
Boston defenseman Steven Kampfer is ‘out’ indefinitely due to a knee injury. Philadelphia center Jeff Carter (knee), right wing Andreas Nodl (eye) and goaltender Michael Leighton (lower body) are ‘questionable’ for Monday’s matchup.