Morning Mashup: Bruins Rout Flyers


If yesterday’s 7-3 routing of the Philadelphia Flyers is any indication, the Boston Bruins have been uncaged from their former, low scoring self. The Bruins team that defeated the Flyers yesterday after was a much different one that slipped out of a relatively low scoring first round series with the Montreal Canadiens. Although the personnel is the same, the Bruins have taken on a different attitude with more ‘swagger’ as they look to capitalize after narrowly advancing past the opening round.

David Krejci and Brad Marchand each scored two goals, while Nathan Horton, Mark Recchi and Gregory Campbell all added a marker. It wasn’t an issue in the first round, but Peter Laviolette is now questioning his goaltender and whether the Flyers can rely on a three-headed goaltending rotation to guide them all the way back to the Stanley Cup finals. After appointing Brian Boucher as his starter prior to the series, Laviolette opted for Sergei Bobrovsky midway through the game.

Neither team has a clear advantage over its opposition, but the Bruins showed signs of pulling away with a more balanced lineup, and more importantly, stability in net with Tim Thomas.

Leafs Links:

The positive imprint of John Ferguson Jr. shouldn’t be ignored

Vintage Leaf Memories looks at JFJ’s work as general manager of the Leafs.

2011 Duke Awards

Chansler hands out his end-of-season Marlies awards.

Playoff Links:

Bruins pound Flyers in series opener

David Krejci and Brad Marchand each notched a pair of goals in the Bruins 7-3 win.

NHL benches linesman accused of ‘stealing’ Chicago Cup puck

Steve Miller taken out of playoff officiating indefinetly.

Bolts’ ailing coach an inspiration

Wayne Fleming has had a influence on the Lightning’s playoff drive despite having surgery to remain a brain tumour.

World Championship Links:

U.S. cruises to 5-1 win over Austria, Finland beats Denmark 5-1 at hockey worlds

Day two recap of the World Championships in Slovakia.

Stewart skates into big role for Canada at hockey worlds

Chris Stewart making the most of his opportunity for Team Canada.

Your Say:

Did you expect the Bruins to have an offensive outburst against the Flyers after a tight first round series with Montreal? Can the Sharks and Capitals rebound in the respective series today?