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Bruins take 2-0 series edge

PHILADELPHIA — David Krejci scored 14:00 into overtime and the Bruins beat Philadelphia 3-2 on Monday night to take a two games to none lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Boston goaltender Tim Thomas stopped 46 straight shots after the Flyers took a quick 2-0 lead.

Krejci fired a one-timer from one knee that ricocheted off the back off the net and back onto the ice. Play continued until officials could review the call. But the goal was clearly good.

"At first I thought it was in. Then they kept playing," he said.

James van Riemsdyk had a breakout game for the Flyers. He scored two goals and was all over the ice trying to help the Flyers win at least one at home.

Instead, they have to rally from another deficit.

Chris Kelly and Brad Marchand also scored for the Bruins, who have taken a seemingly commanding lead on the Flyers for the second straight year. Boston led 3-0 in the East semis a year ago before the Flyers won four straight to advance — including a rally from a 3-0 hole in Game 7.

Thomas was on the bench for that collapse.

Monday, he had 52 saves as the Flyers set a team playoff record for shots in a game with 54.

"By the third period, I was really starting to get into a rhythm which was a good thing because they were really getting off shots," Thomas said.

Brian Boucher, who missed the last 8:59 of the second period because of an injury, had 32 saves.

Chris Pronger, the anchor of the Flyers defense, was scratched with an undisclosed injury.

PREGAME PRIDE: The Flyers hit the hat trick of patriotism before Game 2: God Bless America, a tribute to the troops, and almost 20,000 fans chanting "U-S-A!"

Flyers fans heard the usual stirring rendition of God Bless America, live by Lauren Hart and on video by the late Kate Smith.

The song has been a rallying anthem for the Flyers since Smith began singing it in the mid 1970s. Hart started the song, then looked up to the big screen and passed it off to Smith before Game 2. They finished in a split-screen duet.

Fans chanted "U-S-A! U-S-A!" after lineups were introduced, and again after the song was finished, a day after Osama bin Laden was killed.

"It's so unique to our team, for any sport," Hart said, "to have something like this."

Bruins 2 0 0 1 3
at Flyers 2 0 0 0 2

First Period1, Philadelphia, van Riemsdyk 6 (Giroux, Zherdev), :29. 2, Philadelphia, van Riemsdyk 7 (Briere, Timonen), 9:31 (pp). 3, Boston, Kelly 4 (Ryder, Kaberle), 12:50. 4, Boston, Marchand 4 (Bergeron, Recchi), 14:15. PenaltiesThomas, Bos, served by Lucic (delay of game), :48; Shelley, Phi (boarding), 3:37; Campbell, Bos (holding), 8:49; Krejci, Bos (roughing), 15:04; Versteeg, Phi (holding), 15:04.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesHartnell, Phi (slashing), 18:27.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesMarchand, Bos (cross-checking), 3:21; Chara, Bos (roughing), 17:21. First Overtime5, Boston, Krejci 4 (Horton), 14:00. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalBoston 16-13-7-5—41. Philadelphia 14-8-22-10—54. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 0 of 2; Philadelphia 1 of 4. GoaliesBoston, Thomas 6-3-0 (54 shots-52 saves). Philadelphia, Boucher 4-3-0 (35-32), Bobrovsky (11:01 second, 6-6), Boucher 4-3-0 (0:00 third). A19,962 (19,537). T2:57. Referees—Eric Furlatt, Marc Joannette. LinesmenDerek Amell, Pierre Racicot.

DANTON SAGA: Former Blues center Mike Danton, who served time in a murder-for-hire plot in 2004, says in an interview set to air tonight on ESPN that his target was not the one alleged by the FBI — it was his father.

Danton spent almost five years in jail for a failed scheme in which the FBI said the intended victim was David Frost, who had been Danton's agent, former coach and surrogate father. But Danton says on E:60 that the man he wanted killed was his father, Steve Jefferson — whom Danton says was abusive when Danton was young.

Bruins take 2-0 series edge 05/02/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 12:03am]
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