There are some bright sides to take out of this game (believe it or not). The Flyers got three tallies on soon-to-be Vezina Trophy winner, Tim Thomas. Danny Briere and James van Riemsdyk continued on their torrid pace as they both had tallies in the Flyers victory. Briere notched his seventh goal of the playoffs while James van Riemsdyk checked in with his fifth. Flyers captain, Mike Richards, got his first of the playoffs on the PECO power play just after a Flyers 5 on 3 expired late in the third. Also, the Flyers penalty kill stepped up and killed off all five of the Bruins power plays which makes the Bruins 0 for 26 on the power play this postseason. And, a subtle note, the Flyers got their shots in on Bruins forward David Krejci as two different Flyers (Giroux and Meszaros) were penalized for slashing the Bruins center. Banging Krejci around early in the series will pay dividends as the series goes on.
The Flyers are an extremely talented team that has the potential to go off offensively at any point in time. The Achilles heel for this team is their goaltending, and that has been well documented throughout the media. The Flyers do not need a goaltender that is going to go out there and win them a game. Goaltenders who win their teams games are the Ryan Millers, Henrik Lundqvists, and Pekke Rinnes of the NHL, not the Brian Bouchers or Michael Leightons. The Flyers just need their goaltenders to not lose them the game. That is all. Just stop the pucks that you are supposed to stop and compete. That is all the Flyers should be asking from their goaltenders. If the goalies are doing that and the Flyers are still losing games, then the blame should be placed on the five skaters in front of the goaltenders. It is still uncertain whether Boucher will be back in net at the start of Game 2 or whether rookie Sergei Bobrovsky will get the nod. Whoever gets the start must step up if the Flyers stand a chance to win the game.