Saving the B’s hide

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the Bruins have roared out to a big series lead over the Flyers.

The sting of last spring’s Stanley Cup Playoffs collapse to Philadelphia is not talked about, but you’d be a fool if you didn’t believe it’s on the mind of each and every person in the Bruins’ locker room.

But after sweeping the first two games in Philadelphia in this year’s Eastern Conference semifinals, the Bruins return to the Garden carting a 2-0 series lead into Wednesday night’s Game 3.

You get the sense that the motivation is not fear but a collective determination to ensure there is no repeat of the Bruins’ epic collapse. It may be in the rear-view mirror, alright, but the Bruins can still see the headlights.

One person determined to bury the past is Bruins goalie Tim Thomas. The goalie the Bruins tried to trade away last off-season — the Flyers were one of the teams that turned the B’s down — made an incredible 52 saves in Monday’s overtime thriller, including 46 straight after the Flyers seized a 2-0 lead in the first 9:31 of the game.

Here is just a sampling of his impressive evening of work:

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2 thoughts on “Saving the B’s hide

  1. All valid points, but I think not having Krejci last year against the Flyers hurt — he’s a legitimate offensive threat, and any time you can spread that threat out over lines, it’s going to be hard to contain it. Add Nathan Horton, Dennis Seidenberg, and this isn’t last year’s Bruins team.

    Having said that, I am just as nervous as I was last year.

  2. True, but the Bruins did score four goals in Game 4, their first without Krejci, and Leighton and Boucher combined for 53 saves in Games 5 and 6. Then, of course, the Bruins blew a 3-0 lead in Game 7.
    Even with Krejci back, Thomas has been the game-changer in the playoffs this spring. Last night, van Riemsdyke had eight freaking shots on net, and had great chances for goals on at least four of them.

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