PHILADELPHIA -- The Bruins are starting to resemble the 1993 Montreal Canadiens, who won 10 overtime games in the playoffs en route to the Stanley Cup championship. David Krejci scored 14:01 into the first overtime Monday night to give the Bruins their fourth OT win of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs and a 2-0 series lead headed back to Boston for Games 3 and 4.
Tim Thomas was the main story, though, as he made 52 saves in the win and held off the Flyers in the third period and overtime when they unloaded 32 shots.
Thomas once again gives his team a chance to win. Bruins goalie Tim Thomas once again kept his team in the game and gave it a chance to win. After a shaky start in the first 10 minutes of the first period, Thomas found his game and calmed his teammates down. That enabled them to score two quick goals and tie the game at 2. Then in the third period, Thomas made 22 saves -- his biggest a pad save on van Riemsdyk in the final seconds of regulation -- as the Flyers controlled the play for much of the final frame and outshot the Bruins 22-7. Then in overtime, Thomas made 10 more saves. He finished the game with 52 saves.
First-period split. Feeding off the energy of an emotional rendition of “God Bless America” by Lauren Hart a day after U.S. armed forces found and killed Osama bin Laden, the Flyers came out flying in the opening 10 minutes. James van Riemsdyk scored 29 ticks into regulation and then added another on the power play 9:31 into the first period. But the second 10 minutes belonged to the Bruins, as they picked up their game and got goals from Chris Kelly at 12:50 and Brad Marchand at 14:15.
Krejci catching fire. With his overtime winner, David Krejci now has three goals and two assists in the first two games of this series. He is catching fire just at the right time for the Bruins and starting to become the clutch player we’ve seen in the past.
Scary moment for McQuaid. After escaping injury from a hit-from-behind by Jody Shelley 3:37 into the first period, Adam McQuaid went flying headfirst into the corner boards once again as he missed a hit on Mike Richards with 2:59 left in the first period. McQuaid remained on the ice dazed before being helped off by team trainer Donnie Del Negro and teammates. He did not return to the game and was taken to Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia for further evaluation.
Depth once again pays off for Bruins. After breaking through in Game 1, the Bruins' top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton came through again with Krejci scoring the game winner at 14:01 of the first overtime. But just as they have throughout the playoffs, the Bruins' other three lines played well and provided some scoring depth. The second line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi scored the first goal, and the third line of Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly and Michael Ryder combined for the second goal.
Former UNH star James van Riemsdyk torching Bruins. Former New Hampshire star James van Riemsdyk was once again a force for the Flyers as he scored his second and third goals of this series in the first period. The second overall pick in the 2007 NHL entry draft now has seven goals in the playoffs. He had eight shots on net and played 23:49 in Game 2.
Boucher leaves game with apparent hand injury but returns. Flyers goalie Brian Boucher left the game with an apparent hand injury with 8:59 left in the second period but then returned to start the third period and finished the game. Backup Sergei Bobrovsky finished the second period in relief of Boucher.