PHILADELPHIA –- Do you want the good news or the bad news first?
OK, here’s the latter. Bruins forward David Krejci was on the receiving end of a clean open-ice hit early in the first by the Flyers’ Mike Richards. Krejci was clearly shaken up. He immediately went to the bench and did not play another shift in the period.
If Krejci does not return, it will hurt Boston’s offense. The skillful playmaker entered Game 3 with four goals and three assists in eight playoffs games. With Krejci out, Vladimir Sobotka was centering Milan Lucic and Miroslav Satan.
OK, here’s the good news. Boston has a 2-1 lead after the first period.
After the Flyers scored to take a 1-0 advantage on Arron Asham’s goal at 2:32, the Bruins quickly responded and knotted the game when Blake Wheeler tipped home a Matt Hunwick slap shot from the point at 4:11.
The Bruins gained a 2-1 lead on the same play Krejci was injured. After he was drilled attempting to receive a breakout pass from Boston’s zone, the Bruins went down and scored the go-ahead goal on the Flyers’ Brian Boucher.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made a big glove save on the Flyers’ Jamie Van Riemsdyk with 7:53 remaining in the period to secure Boston’s lead.
Marc Savard almost gave Boston a two-goal lead when his strong forecheck caused a turnover. He collected the puck behind the Flyers net and tried a wraparound, but he didn’t get all of it and Boucher made the stop with 5:25 remaining in the period.