PHILDELPHIA -- After a 7-3 thrashing of the Flyers in Game 1 on Saturday, the Boston Bruins have a chance to take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Philadelphia Flyers with a win tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. Here are two keys to the Bruins getting another big win on the road in Game 2 and heading back to Boston with a chance to close out the series.
Don’t depend too much on the top line: Yes it will definitely help the Bruins if their top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton delivers the way it did in Game 1, but the Bruins can’t expect that to happen. They have to make sure they don't become too dependent on that line. The key to their success in the playoffs so far has been their depth. The other lines need to continue to play hard and not become complacent expecting the big guns to get the job done. If players like Patrice Bergeron -- the Bruins leading scorer (2 goals, 8 assists) in the playoffs and their most consistent player so far -- Brad Marchand (2 goals in Game 1 vs. Philly) or Chris Kelly (six points in the playoffs) can continue to step up, then the Bruins will have a great chance to take the 2-0 series lead.
Match the early desperation and intensity of the Flyers: The Flyers are a proud bunch and after being embarrassed by the Bruins in front of their home crowd in Game 1, you can expect Philadelphia to come out flying in Game 2. Couple that with what is sure to be an emotional “God Bless America” by Lauren Hart after the news Sunday night that Osama bin Laden had been killed by American forces, and the Wells Fargo Center will be rocking. The Bruins need to quiet that crowd early and dictate the style of play in the game like they did in Game 2. A quick start by the visitors will be huge.