NHL Playoff Recap: Goaltending continues to be difference in Bruins-Flyers series

The NHL Playoff Recap gives you our take of what happened in each game of the night and what the consequences will be for the rest of the series.

We also provide our Three Stars of the night, which will be tabulated after each round and kept track of each day in our Playoff Game Day Preview. First Star is three points, Second Star is two points and Third Star is one point. Be sure to vote on who you think the first star was as well.

Of course there’s the other side of the coin: The Black Hole is a piece of the lineup that just couldn’t get it going on a given night and contributed to a difficult evening for the team.


THN’s Take: Philly’s goaltender-go-round continued to turn in Game 2, but not because of the flurry of first period goals. With the teams even at two through the first, Flyers goalie Brian Boucher was injured in the second period, making it four times in the past five games the Flyers have made a goaltending change, though he did return to start the third stanza. It was goaltending that stood out again on both sides as Boston’s Tim Thomas made the saves when they were needed and Boucher allowed the game-winner on the type of backdoor one-timer we’ve seen the acrobatic Thomas stop in the past.

Three Stars
1. Tim Thomas – The likely Vezina winner showed why he’s just that Monday. He made 52 saves on the night and kept the Bruins in the game when they were being outplayed by making a number of outrageous saves.

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2. James van Riemsdyk  – He’s not 22 until Wednesday, but might be the best player in the playoffs to date. He leads the playoffs with 59 shots, now has a five-game goal-scoring streak and, after two goals in Game 2, is tied with teammate Danny Briere for the playoff lead. A young power forward coming into his own under the brightest of lights.

3. Dennis Seidenberg – No one played more minutes (36:44) and only van Riemsdyk was more noticeable all game. Seidenberg was plus-3 and was there to snuff out three of four Philly power plays.

The Black Hole
Danny Briere – He played gamely with an assist and nine shots directed on goal, but he missed a wide open chance in the third period, putting a dent in his reputation as a playoff stud. If the Flyers win, it’s a mistake forgiven, but in this case someone must take the blame. 

POLL: Who was your first star of the game?

The NHL Game Night Recap will get you caught up with all the playoff action. THN will name our Three Stars for each game and tabulate the results after each series. First Star = three points, Second Star = two points, Third Star = one point.