Lucic gives Bruins 2-0 series lead

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:21 AM ET

BOSTON — They really do Love That Dirty Water here as The Standells sing of this city after every TD Garden win by the Bruins.

It’s five winning choruses and counting in these playoffs, just don’t ask the queasy Philadelphia Flyers to hum along. Boston has been under a tainted tap water emergency since a major pipe burst on Saturday, with visitors the most affected. The Flyers arrival coincided with the water alert and two murky losses, one in overtime and then 3-2 Monday night when Milan Lucic scored with 2:57 to go in the third.

“You’re in there swinging two times in the opposition’s building and have opportunities to walk away with a win,” lamented Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said, “but you end up with two losses. That to me is more frustrating (than Lucic’s goal itself).

“I’m not concerned how we’re going to respond. We’re going back to our building, a place where we’ve played well for a while now. The building has energy, similar to this building for them, and we’ve been able to harness it.”

They had better, or the satisfaction generated by a first-round upset of New Jersey will be quickly extinguished.

In addition to being 5-0 at home, when visiting teams have won so often around the NHL this spring, Boston has 13 of its 24 playoff goals in the final period or overtime. And the day after learning scoring threat Marco Sturm was gone from the playoffs with pending knee surgery, Lucic finally got on the scoreboard in playoffs.

“It’s great to contribute and get a little bit of a monkey off of my back,” Lucic said.

Just when it seemed the Bruins might sag after their second dud power play of the third period and fifth of the game, David Krejci flipped the puck from behind the Philly net to the slot where Flyers defenceman Lukas Krajicek swung and missed. Lucic wheeled and fired past Brian Boucher, with Miroslav Satan gaining an assist, for a five-game points streak and eight overall.

Laviolette leans on four defencemen almost exclusively, Braydon Coburn, Chris Pronger, Matt Carle and Kimmo Timonen, but due in part to the extra duty killing the late penalties, Krajicek and Ryan Parent were out when Lucic struck.

“A couple of tweaks here and there, a couple of bounces and we could be up 2-0, so we can’t change too much,” Flyers’ Danny Briere said.

Briere scored and assisted on Mike Richards’ goal, giving them a combined 21 points in playoffs.

Yet once more, the Flyers came out with a ‘just-happy-to-be-here’ mentality and it cost them.

For the second straight game, Patrice Bergeron’s faceoff prowess led to a Boston goal, with a small assist to the linesman, who had kicked Richards out of the circle. Bergeron, as part of 9-0 run in the dots in the first period, stunned replacement Scott Hartnell, getting it back to Johnny Boychuk for a one-timer. He was 16 of 22 in the game.

“Obviously that’s one of the reasons the Canadian Olympic team picked him,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “That’s an important part of the game that sometimes goes underestimated.”

Boucher steadied himself and made 24 saves on the night, the same as rookie Tuukka Rask. But Boucher did not think his renaissance season and the team’s is headed for a crash-and-burn ending.

“Our focus has to be Game 3 right off the hop, we have to have it,” Boucher said.


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