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Saturday, April 30, 2011
7 - 3
FINAL 1 2 3 T
Bruins 2 3 2 7
Flyers 1 1 1 3
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For the second straight series, and even dating back to last year to make it three straight series, the Flyers have fallen into a 1 game to 0 series deficit.

The good news is, last series they were able to climb out and eventually turn their game up to full power.

“I don’t what it is,” said Danny Briere, who scored for the fourth straight game. “The past couple of years it seems we need adversity to start playing better.  This needs to be an eye opener because we’ll be done in a hurry if we keep playing that way.”

After a 7-3 loss to the Bruins to open the series, the Flyers will have to do just that to come out on top in this Semifinal series and most important Game 2 on Monday night.

“Well we weren’t very good tonight,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. “We come off one of our strongest performances in a while, come out and you know we don’t have a good game.  That was not the way we need to play in order to be successful, so there’s lots of things that can change; actually everything’s got to change, everything’s got to improve.  So we’ll work on that.”

After getting into an early 1-0 hole, Flyers center Danny Briere scored his seventh of the playoffs to tie the game back up, and prove that the team can be successful against the much-hyped play of Bruins netminder Tim Thomas.

In fact, the sense was that all four lines found success against the Flyers, highlighted by Bruins’ David Krejci who posted a pair of goals and a pair of assists.

However, the Flyers can’t rest their hopes on one man or one line, the focus will remain on playing as whole and not on their opponent.

“We weren’t playing really well.  We let them skate.  It didn’t seem like we played as physical as we wanted to be.  I’m not sure why but come next game we got to be more physical on their players and make it harder for them to score goals.”

* Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk both recorded eight shots on goal tonight. 

* For van Riemsdyk, it was the third time this postseason he’s had eight or more shots in a game. 

* For Richards, it was just the fifth time in his career, and first in the playoffs, that he’s posted eight or more shots in a game.  The last time was January 14, 2010 when he posted eight shots in a 4-0 loss at Toronto.
* Richards and van Riemsdyk accounted for nearly half of the Flyers shots in the game (16 of 34).
* Claude Giroux posted two assists for the fourth consecutive game.
* The Flyers are 15-20 when losing the first game of a seven-game series, including the Quarterfinals win over Buffalo. 

* They are 19-16 in Game 2 when trailing a series 1-0.

* In the five previous series the Flyers have played against the Bruins, and with tonight being the sixth occasion, the Flyers are 0-6 in Game 1. 

* They have won three of the previous five series vs. Boston despite that, including the 1974 Stanley Cup Final and last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinal.

“You’d like to win them all.  You’d like to go 16-0.  Unfortunately that isn’t the case most of the time.  Today was a game that we’d like to forget.  There are some things we have to correct and we will.  We’ll be ready for game two.”
 -- Brian Boucher

I’m not going to start getting into details but it’s got to start with the effort. It’s about the battle and wanting to win and learning to win the series. It has to start by every shift. We’ll need to play a better game Monday.”
 -- Claude Giroux

“it wasn’t very good tonight, the defensive play.  Especially, you know, right in front of our goaltender.  Too many easy goals, too many easy plays, we weren’t strong enough right in front of our goaltender.”
 -- Peter Laviolette

"We need to know the system they play.  They shoot a lot of pucks and they go to the net.  We knew what they were going to try to do and they did that.  It wasn’t that they did anything special or were so much better.  It was all about us and how we played and we were brutal today.”
 -- Kimmo Timonen
James van Riemsdyk takes the Flyers star honors in Game 1. 

Through two periods of play van Riemsdyk scored a goal to pull the Flyers to within three goals and registered seven shots on net, including one shot that Bruins’ goaltender Tim Thomas needed to make a post-to-post save to rob him of his second goal.

JVR finished with eight shots on net and over 16 minutes of ice time in Game 1.

The turning point in Game 1 came when the Bruins tallied back-to-back goals in the last five minutes of the second period to give the Bruins a 5-1 lead.

The goals came 1:48 apart and led to the Flyers pulling starting goaltender Brian Boucher in favor of Sergei Bobrovsky, who stopped eight of 10 shots in relief.

The two quick goals were a part of a four-consecutive goal outburst by the Bruins with the score tied at 1-1 towards the end of the first period.

PIC OF THE NIGHT: Chris Pronger clears the porch.

Bruins 7, Flyers 3
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - David Krejci and Brad Marchand each scored two goals, and the Boston Bruins took out their frustration from one of the great collapses in postseason history with a 7-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Bruins chased goalie Brian Boucher by taking a 5-1 lead in the second period. New round, same problem for the Flyers. Philadelphia used two goalies in three of its seven first-round games against Buffalo.

For the second straight season, the Bruins lead the Flyers in the second round. The Bruins led 3-0 a year ago, then the Flyers became the third NHL team to rally with four straight victories to win a best-of-seven series.

Nathan Horton, Mark Recchi and Gregory Campbell also scored for Boston.

Game 2 is Monday in Philadelphia.

Since beating Montreal to advance to the second round, the Bruins had insisted they wouldn't be haunted by last year's epic collapse.

Perhaps it is fitting that Krejci was the Game 1 star.

Krejci watched Boston give away the series from the sidelines after he was knocked out of Game 3 a year ago with a dislocated right wrist. He needed surgery and missed the rest of the series.