Saturday, May 1, 2010
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- After the Bruins produced a solid first period and gained a two-goal advantage, they turned sloppy in the second.
Fortunately for the Bruins, they still have a 3-2 lead after two periods. The Flyers’ Ryan Parent scored an even-strength goal at 7:38 of the second to cut the deficit by a goal. His slap shot from the high slot found its way past Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask.
Boston’s power-play unit, which capitalized six times on the PP during the first round, scored again when Miroslav Satan was in the right place at the right time and drove the puck past Flyers goalie Brian Boucher at 11:43 to give Boston a 3-1 lead. It was the Bruins’ seventh power-play goal of the playoffs.
Philadelphia also scored a power-play goal at 15:48 when Chris Pronger took a slap shot from the right point. Rask had a clear view of the shot, but it still went in. He wasn’t happy as he ripped the puck out of the net and fired it toward center ice. It was the first power-play goal the Bruins have allowed this postseason. Until Pronger’s tally, Boston was a perfect 21-for-21 on the penalty kill.
Ironically, Boston had first-period struggles in the quarterfinals series against the Sabres. It was the Bruins’ ability to rebound in the second period that helped them win that series. Today, it’s the exact opposite.
Boston will need to do what it did in the first period to make sure Game 1 is a success.