May 2, 2011

B's hope depth can continue to deliver in Game 2

by Jesse Connolly

Bruins forward Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 7-3 win. (Getty)

Following his team's 7-3 loss in Game 1, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette candidly stated that all of the Bruins lines had success against his squad.

With ten different players earning a point for Boston, Laviolette's claim was hardly a stretch. The Bruins hope that trend continues on Monday in Game 2.

"Well we always thought before the series started that we have some depth and I thought that our organization did a really good job of getting some before the trade deadline," coach Claude Julien said. "Acquiring [Tomas] Kaberle and getting [Chris] Kelly and [Rich] Peverley, those kind of things have really helped us our and given us some depth.

After their top forward trio of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and -- to an extent -- Nathan Horton went quiet for most of their first series against the Canadiens, the depth Julien referred to saved the Bruins' bacon.

"That depth helped us in the last round, when Krejci’s line was checked closely and they weren’t able to capitalize as much as we wanted to, other lines stepped up," the coach said. "So I feel good about our depth and even the [Gregory] Campbell line gives us that energy still and 'Soupy' had an opportunity to score and he did. So it’s nice to see it coming from all over."

Julien was also encouraged by Lucic's performance in Game 1, despite the fact that the team's leading goal-scorer in the regular season was held without a point in the blowout victory.

"I think it was better," Julien said of Lucic's play. "There’s no doubt he was skating better. And although he didn’t get on the scoresheet, you look at what he did and what his line did and they were good for us. So at one point you can’t keep hammering down on a player just because he doesn’t get on the scoresheet.

"He did some good things. He had some body checks. He skated much better and there was no doubt he was a much better player for us yesterday."

With their fifth strike on Saturday afternoon, one that gave them a 5-1 lead at the time, Boston chased Flyers goalie Brian Boucher (Woonsocket, R.I.) from the contest as Sergei Bobrovsky came on in relief.

Given that this was the fourth time Laviolette pulled his starter in the first eight playoff games, many would assume Julien and the Bruins would be licking their chops at the shot of taking on such shoddy netminding.

Julien astutely pointed out that, in spite of that, Philadelphia managed to get by the Sabres and into the conference semifinals.

"They did that in the last round and they still managed to win the series so, for us, we know that’s something that has happened with this team since the first round," he said. "And you saw it happen last year as well and they still made it to the finals. So absolutely not, I don’t think we are hanging our hat on that. We are hanging our hat, I keep saying it, on how we are going to handle our own situation and that’s what is important right now."

Regardless of who winds up between the pipes for Philadelphia, Julien hopes wave after wave of talented forwards in Black and Gold can repeat their success from the series opener and take a 2-0 lead back home to Boston.