Boston Bruins: Last Skate Of The Day, April 5, 2014


Apr 5, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; The Boston Bruins bench reacts after a goal during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins put up another two points in their 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Those two points put the Black and Gold beyond the reach of any other team in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins will have the home field advantage throughout the playoffs, and their hard work and consistently good play in the second half of the season has guaranteed this advantage.

Milan Lucic and Johnny Boychuk put in goals thirty seconds apart to break open a two all deadlock in the third. Chris Kelly put in an empty netter to finish off the game. (Boston Bruins)

While the Bruins are excited about the win, and the clinching of the number one seed, it’s not their goal. They want the Cup, and they’re going to fight for it (CSNNE)

Before the Flyers-Bruins game, Jack Edwards announced the NESN 7th Player Award. The Award is voted on by the fans, and it goes to the player they believe best exceeded expectations this season. This year’s winner was Reilly Smith. Smith was one of the better choices, as he was considered the add on player in the Tyler Seguin/Loui Eriksson trade last July. It’s always nice to see a player win it due to hard work (and not because the puckbunnies think he’s just the cutest). (NESN)

The Philadelphia Flyers came out firing on all cylinders in the first two periods and kept the game competitive and exciting. Ray Emery made thirty seven saves and did everything they could to keep the Flyers in the game. (Philadelphia Flyers)

The Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues had themselves a spirited engagement as well.  To be honest, it was a 4-0 win by the Avalanche that got progressively nastier every time someone ended up on the ice or bloody. The game had one hundred and twenty minutes in penalties in the third period, and set up the potential for a very, very nasty second round match in the Western Conference. (Puck Daddy)