Boston Bruins defeat Philadelphia Flyers, 5-4

The opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinal between the Bruins and Flyers was a wild ride, Boston’s early domination dissolving into Philadelphia’s energetic rebound.

By the end of three periods, the Bruins twice had taken a two-goal lead, and twice had lost it, and then edged ahead by a goal midway through the third period only to give up the tying goal on a bit of bad defense.

While the teams splashed around him, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask refused to get washe...

In the waning minutes of the third period of yesterday’s game, Daniel Briere made a beauty of a play out of a breakaway out of the Flyers’ zone, faking a wrister and knifing through an opening between Bruins defensemen Dennis Wideman and Matt Hunwick. He gathered a lucky bounce off his skate after Hunwick’s poke attempt and roofed a rebound after Tuukka Rask denied the initial backhander.

“It’s one of those plays where, usually, you don’t want to lose the puck in the ne...

Beautiful game, hockey.

The plugger who replaces the fallen first-line left wing scores the game-opening goal on his first shift with his new linemates.

The netminder who allows his weakest goal of the playoffs in the second period roars back in overtime to turn back two surefire strikes.

The defenseman who sees an opposing forward blow right between him and his partner for the tying third-period goal sets up the overtime winner.

And the center who was too sick...

Marc Savard isn’t usually a shooter, but this has been a season of unaccustomed circumstances for the veteran Bruins center. His biggest, most difficult adjustment was being told to sit around in March and April, wait for the fog and anxiety in his head to clear, the Grade 2 concussion he suffered March 7 threatening to finish his season.

Then with 13:52 gone in overtime yesterday, playing his first game in nearly two months, he was presented with one of those pass-or-s...