The Flyers had eight full days off between their series win over the Devils and Saturday's Game One in Boston. The Bruins had four full days off since polishing off the Sabres on Monday.
In the first period, Boston looked rested and the Flyers seemed rusty. The B's jumped all over Philadelphia, outshooting the orange and black 15-8 in the opening period and jumping out to a 2-0 lead before the game was 13 minutes old.
Steve Begin opened the scoring at 2:39, the first even-strength goal against Brian Boucher in over three games.
Playing From Behind
Philadelphia never held the lead, trailing 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 before sending the game to overtime.
I thought the Flyers were about to win it when Arron Asham's shot from the blue line with just over 10 seconds left in regulation hit Tuukka Rask awkwardly in the right pad and bounced out to Darrell Powe who was checked just as the puck reached him with an empty net staring him in the face.
All Boston in OT
The Bruins came out flying once again in overtime, outshooting the Flyers 15-4 in less than 14 minutes of the extra session. Once Boucher withstood the initial onslaught, I thought the Flyers may win it on their next chance or a cheap goal and we'd be able to hear a Tim Saunders radio call like Rick Jeanneret and the Sabres had over the Bruins in 1993 :
Savard played in his first game since March 7, logging 15:16 of ice time on 23 shifts.
Boston is now 4-2 in playoff OT games against the Flyers, including four straight wins. Savard joins Bobby Clarke, Reggie Leach (On his way to the '76 Conn Smythe trophy), Rick Middleton (twice) and Terry O'Reilly as overtime goal scorers in games between the two teams.
The Flyers have now lost three straight road playoff OT games since Joffrey Lupul won Game Seven in Washington two years ago.
Thanks Again Toronto
Not only do the Bruins own the No. 2 pick in the 2010 Draft thanks to the Maple Leafs, Boston has Toronto to thank for Rask. The first round pick of the Leafs was dealt to Boston for Andrew Raycroft in 2006 in what is turning out as a laugher of a deal.
Eventful Game for Danny Briere
On ice for six of the game's nine goals, three for each side.
One goal, one assist, -2 rating.
Danny Briere is Good...
Scored game-tying goal with just over three minutes left after splitting Dennis Wideman and Matt Hunwick on a beautiful individual rush.
Game-high seven shots.
Drew interference penalty on Adam McQuaid late in second period.
Won eight of 15 faceoffs overall.
Danny Briere is Bad...
Lost faceoff clean to Patrice Bergeron and let him get to the net for second Boston goal.
Lost David Krejci and was left standing alone in the corner as Krejci scored fourth Bruins goal to make it 4-2.
Tossed puck back towards Boucher from the half wall which created even more confusion just before Savard's OT winner.
Inside the Numbers
The Flyers went 2-4 on the power play in Game One. Boston entered the series 19-19 on penalty kills.
Chris Pronger led the Flyers with 31:23 of ice time, but Boston's Johnny Boychuk played a game-high 45 shifts and 33:29. The defenseman also had five blocked shots, more than any other player.
Jared Ross played his first game for the Flyers since being plastered along the back boards by Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta on November 27. Ross played only eight shifts for 5:56 of ice time.
Not surprisingly, Milan Lucic led the B's with six hits, but Claude Giroux was the Flyers unlikely leader with five.
For What It's Worth
After meeting Boston four times in five years in the playoffs from 1974-78, the Flyers have not met the Bruins in the postseason since.
Since '78, the Flyers have met 17 different franchises in the playoffs, including the Rangers nine times and the Sabres six, but no Boston. The Bruins reached the playoffs 25 times in the 30 seasons in between, the Flyers 24 times.
Boston is now 5-0 in Game Ones vs the Flyers.
The Flyers are 13-19 in seven-game series when losing Game Ones, the Bruins 30-12.