Liveblog: Bruins stay alive with OT win

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Tyler Seguin scores in overtime to secure a 4-3 wiun and send the series back to Boston for Game 7.
Washington fans may have seen their last game of the season, but it was a good one.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon:

First shift of the game: Claude Giroux belts Sidney Crosby.
Thirty-two seconds in, Giroux scores.
The Flyers never looked back.
Ilya Bryzgalov was solid, and Marc-André Fleury was weak.
The Flyers blocked 39 shots – six each by Matt Carle, Andreas Lilja and Braydon Coburn.
They’re going to be a tough out in the Eastern Conference.

The Stanley Cup champions (pause while 90 per cent of the Commentariat expectorate) face elimination in Washington in Game 6, beginning at 3 (CBC).

The tripleheader concludes in Vancouver, where the Canucks and Kings play Game 5 at 8 (CBC).

462 Comments

  1. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    Price doesn’t have the stones to win big games

  2. Mark C says:

    Wow a Cup winning coach benching the best 4th liner in the league (according to some on HIO) in a must win game.

    • twilighthours says:

      If you’re talking about Thornton, he is one of the best 4th liners in the league. But he is still a 4th liner. Getting scratched now and then is in his job description.

  3. Stormin says:

    Claude Julien working the Tony Soprano look behind the Bruins bench

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  4. Stormin says:

    Torts is nuts, he compares Neil’s hit on Boyle , to the Raffi hit on Hossa

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  5. parkex says:

    Marc Andre Fleury over Price for 2014? No way. Holtby also entering the picture. Luongo, don’t make laugh. Ward has shot at this year’s worlds.

    • TomNickle says:

      Price has almost unanimously been considered for the last two years to be the starting goalie in waiting for Sochi.

      Hard to argue with Cam Ward, Marc Andre Fleury and Roberto Luongo having bad stretches.

    • boing007 says:

      That’s two years from now.

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  6. temekuhabs says:

    Had to work nights, didn’t see the whole game, seen MAF goaltending ” hi-lites” yuck! he was bloody awful, cost his team the series

  7. Stormin says:

    Macleans jacket is killing me, looks more suited to battle of the blades
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  8. Paulin98C says:

    Just shook Carboneau’s hand at Halifax airport. I asked him if there were chances he’d be back as HC. He answered negatively.

  9. mrhabby says:

    Amazing series by flyers. Hatem but no longer the dirty team that have been use to…wild series…brz in goal still an issue for me.

  10. Mattyleg says:

    Things are falling nicely for my predictions!
    Flyers-Range Semi in the East
    Preds-Blues Semi in the West

    Blues-Range final

    Blues to win.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • TomNickle says:

      I had Rangers, Bruins, Flyers and Panthers.

      Kings, Sharks, Preds and Blackhawks.

      Some nice upsets but not much consistency. Have Bruins over Preds in the final. Should I put on my helmet now?

      Edit: I suppose I could still go 7 for 8 but it’s highly unlikely.

    • pmaraw says:

      da ranges is down 3 games tootoo

    • boing007 says:

      You might have to reconsider that Rangers/Flyers semi pick.

      Richard R
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  11. naweed235 says:

    What’s even more painful than Hab’s season? Giroux being a Flyer instead of a Canadien… SMH

  12. habs001 says:

    The present habs d would have major problems with the flyers in a playoff series…we are very weak in d who can hold the puck in the opposition zone and will not even mention play in our zone…

  13. otter649 says:

    Brayden Schenn as a rookie gets a taste of NHL Playoff Hockey while brother Luke 4 plus years still waiting as a Leaf…….

    • TomNickle says:

      If there’s a Leaf I feel bad for it’s Schenn. He plays exactly the way his GM and Coach want him to and his reward for it is constant trade speculation, healthy scratches and public statements of doubt from his superiors.

  14. Stormin says:

    Bryzgalov and Fleury exchanging goaltending tips, on sale at a flea market in Chernobyl

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  15. Propwash says:

    One down, one more to go…

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  16. Stev.R says:

    Flyers MVP: Marc Andre Fleury

  17. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Habs have won two playoff series in the last three seasons, Pittsburgh has one. Time for them to tank again?

  18. TomNickle says:

    Not that I was rooting for Pittsburgh or anything but that disallowed goal was a carbon copy of Hartnell’s first period tally.

    • Stormin says:

      They didnt show it much, looked good to me

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    • Mark C says:

      Didn’t see the Hartnell goal until a replay just now. Exact same play. Some things are just a coin flip in this league.

  19. punkster says:

    I was hoping for a Pens win only because I don’t like Philthy. Not to be. Between the absolute suckitutde that is and always has been MAF, and the clear indications that Crosby is not right, well, it’s done.

    Now given that the Br00ns will likely find their inner goonery fueled assholishness today I’ll be looking forward to seeing them meet Philthy at some point. No two teams I’d rather see beat the living crap out of each other and spoil their playoff runs.

    Since the Br00ns have so often found thuggery a recipe for success that has worked admirably for them in the past I’m sure they will explore their inner criminal minds and get back to their winning ways. Unless, of course, some young punk goalie finds his inner Halak…again.

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  20. Stormin says:

    So does anyone think Crosby is hurt, sick or maybe even concussed again. Is there just trouble in the Penguins den , not all is tight with the stars and or supporting cast and coaches, I guess the off season will be interesting fore the Pens especially with the draft being in Pittsburgh as well..

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  21. Stormin says:

    Hell of a play by Letang , textbook recovery D

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  22. Stev.R says:

    How much do you expect Carle will get this summer? He won’t be resigned in Phi unless Pronger retires.

  23. Stormin says:

    Flyers trying to gently rock their Penguins to sleep
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  24. Stormin says:

    I hope Giroux buries one for that slash
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  25. habstrinifan says:

    Crawford with an exceptional breakdown of two defensive errors by Pittsburgh players on last two goals.

    • TomNickle says:

      He was a little hard on Michalek on his evaluation of the second goal. If Michalek commits to the left winger on that 3 on 2 rush he leaves the middle of the ice wide open and he can’t really anticipate the puck going in off of him on that ensuing play.

      He should have been more aware of what was going on with nobody to cover in front of the net but still a little harsh in my opinion.

  26. Stormin says:

    I think Fleury went to the Flyers team room
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  27. TomNickle says:

    If the Flyers hold on and win this game and series that will be three years and one series win for the Pens since winning the Cup.

  28. boing007 says:

    Twenty minutes to go. Next stop the golf links.

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  29. boing007 says:

    Lovin’ every minute of it.

    Richard R
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  30. TomNickle says:

    Byslma has been heralded as a coach of the year candidate a couple of times now. Perceived by many to be among the league’s best.

    His team in this series with a healthy lineup has lost its composure on numerous occasions, he has failed to use timeouts wisely and has given Marc Andre Fleury a ridiculous amount of rope in the net.

    He’s also made the mistake of putting Crosby and Malkin together far too often in this series. I understand that putting two of the top 5 players in the World on one line seems like a great idea on paper, but it’s rarely worked out well for the Penguins and they are much more difficult to defend when Crosby, Malkin and Staal are on separate lines.

    He’s come as undone as his team in this series.

    • commandant says:

      Brent Johnson has been horrible all season and was awful in the one game in this series he’s pulled Fleury. He’s got no faith in his backup. Whats he supposed to do?

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      • TomNickle says:

        Hard to have more faith in Fleury at this point wouldn’t you say?

        If they’d had mediocre goaltending in this series they’d be on the brink of eliminating the Flyers.

        You have to take a chance with Johnson at some point.

    • habstrinifan says:

      I cant really defend him but I think you may be being too harsh. His team really isnt 100% healthy and his goalie sucks to high-heavens.

      • TomNickle says:

        I’m not saying he’s terrible. But I’m certainly saying he isn’t coach of the year material and definitely not one of the NHL’s better coaches.

        He’s kept Crosby and Malkin together and they’ve hardly produced.

        He hasn’t used timeouts in key situations. Like after Philadelphia got their second goal today and after strong successful pushes in prior games.

        And he hasn’t given Brent Johnson a chance. Commandant made the point that Johnson didn’t inspire a lot of confidence but Johnson couldn’t possibly be worse at this point.

  31. The Jackal says:

    Penns need Halak. :3

  32. Stormin says:

    Crosby just asked Blysma since he is not feeling well, can he replace Fleury in nets
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  33. ont fan says:

    When I watch Pittsburg, I wonder why they aren’t a dynasty. Terrific up the middle, which we talk about ALL the time, good coaching. Is it defense? You watch other series and they can’t get to the net. Here they just trade chances.

  34. mrhabby says:

    Maf brutal

  35. TomNickle says:

    For those who have forgotten. The Flyers got Sean Couturier AND Jakub Voracek for Jeff Carter.

    Another Scott Howson gem.

  36. Stormin says:

    I REPEAT : Usually the refs find a way to ruin a great game, today, Fleury has managed it all by himself

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  37. Habsolutely says:

    Fleury sucks

  38. TomNickle says:

    Fleury is officially a dumpster fire.

  39. commandant says:

    Penguins get back in the game.

    So Fleury sinks them again right after.

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  40. mrhabby says:

    Crosby quiet today….so Malkin scores.

  41. Stormin says:

    Usually the refs find a way to ruin a great game, today, Fleury has managed it all by himself

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  42. Propwash says:

    People say that Fleury is better than Price.
    Notsomaaatch.

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    • K-hab25 says:

      Those people think almost any goaltender is better than Price. It has little to do with them honestly believing Fleury is good.

      Proud Pricebot since 2006/2007

  43. TomNickle says:

    I found it odd that many were saying “Fleury’s back!”.

    This is Fleury, very much like a couple of former Habs goaltenders, he’s either lights out fantastic or absolutely terrible. It has been the story of his career.

    He’s a guessing goalie, guessing goalies never find consistency

    Not a single puck should have reached the back of the Pens net today. Giroux, short side from a bad angle and no screen. Loose puck underneath Fleury that Hartnell knocks in with one hand on his stick and a slightly deflected shot from 50 feet that was not a great shot to begin with.

    • habstrinifan says:

      My first thought five minutes of game was to acknowledge how right you were and how wrong I was in thinking that Fleury’s last two games were a sign that he was getting into a zone. You were right.

      I just couldnt remember who I had the post exchange with.

      • TomNickle says:

        I do the same thing quite often. A lot of goalies in the NHL have a couple of great or even amazing performances and I find myself forgetting about the three stinkers they put up prior to that. A lot of guys have made a habit of it over their careers.

        Bryzgalov, Fleury, Halak, Crawford, Howard, Craig Anderson, Hiller, Niemi, Lehtonen, Backstrom, Luongo, Dipietro, Pavelec, Vokoun and Mason.

        Pretty darn good goalies in there but none of them are the same on a regular basis. Rinne, Lundqvist, Price, Thomas, Miller, Quick and Kiprusoff are almost the same on a nightly basis so they’re rightfully considered the best in the league.

        • habstrinifan says:

          Not getting into any HALAK or NON-HALAK stuff but I think he has made himself the soundest technically of anyone in your ‘flash in the pan’ group and therefore does not really belong with them.

          I would trust Halak more than Luongo over a season for instance… because Halak is technically better thru hardwork.

          • TomNickle says:

            That’s very much up for debate.

            I’m referring to an overall body of work and if Halak’s 40 games this season are going to be considered his full season last year as likely the worst starter in the league must be also.

  44. Stormin says:

    Speechless, wow, how does he let that in
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  45. Stormin says:

    Boone did you say mark Malkin,, you must be watching English football on the side
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  46. HNS says:

    Giroux for Price.

    • Stormin says:

      I would say about 7 to 8 million is that a good price to pay for Giroux probably the sale price.

      Joking aside the Flyers may have let Giroux go a couple of years ago for Price or Halak but not now.

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    • mrhabby says:

      Who plays goalie for Habs.

  47. Mike D says:

    Strange – apparently this game is on TSN and I have both TSN and TSN2 but neither channel is showing it?!?!?!

    I have to watch in on NBC! Oh, the horror.

    - Honestly yours
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  48. Stormin says:

    In an effort to save time and energy, NHL has decided to let Blackhawks and Coyotes start game six in overtime.
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  49. MrNax says:

    How is Milbury still employed?

  50. MrNax says:

    How good is Malkin? He’s Jagr-esque. Nobody can knock him off the puck. Who would’ve predicted that it would be the Pens that would be playing dirty.

  51. Stormin says:

    Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and a second round draft pick. for sending Richards to the beach, Holmgren what a great deal.

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  52. Stormin says:

    Sorry Mike 3 goal lead is not even close to safe with Bryzgalov in nets

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  53. Bob_Sacamano says:

    @Boone: Liverpool – West Brom 0-1 ft. Ridiculous result against a very poor side…

  54. Stormin says:

    James Van Riemsdyk capt hit next 6 seasons $4,250,000, next GM for Habs can you here Max Pacioretty’s agent calling.

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  55. commandant says:

    Have the Penguins killed a penalty in this series?

    Fleury and their penalty killing are absolutely brutal.

    Carey Price for 2014 Team Canada!!!

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  56. Propwash says:

    WTG Cooke!

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  57. Dwayne33 says:

    Red Sox are a classy organization! Nice tribute yesterday to the anniversary of the titanic! They hit hard, then sank; many people suffered!

  58. boing007 says:

    Go Philly, knock ‘em silly.

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  59. athanor says:

    How was Giroux’s hit on Crosby not interference? Even the announcers said he didn’t have the puck.

  60. Kimberly2u says:

    Is this good or not? Every team that scored first has not won

  61. Adidess says:

    How good is this Giroux guy!?

  62. punkster says:

    There’s your MAF.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • Adidess says:

      There was no net to shoot at. He still found a hole right side of Fleury

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  63. frontenac1 says:

    Had to listen to end of Bruin/Caps game on XM Sat.as I was picking up wife at train station.It was a Boston broadcast and man it was funny listening to them whine and poop their pants! Hola!

  64. TomNickle says:

    This season is a perfect example to illustrate how peaking too early as a team can doom it in the playoffs.

    Red Wings had a 23 game home winning streak and dropped two critical home games to the Predators.

    Vancouver and Pittsburgh had the best records since the All-Star break and have faced three elimination games before the sixth game of either series.

    The Bruins went on an absolute tear through the middle part of the season and have been mediocre since around mid-January.

    The Rangers lead the Eastern Conference for the majority of the regular season.

    St. Louis has so far been the only example of a team being consistently good to elite for a long period of time and carrying it over into the playoffs.

  65. frontenac1 says:

    Ha-Ha! Full panic mode in Beantown!

  66. Habsolutely says:

    Fleury’s gonna have to stand on his head big time. Philly’s gonna throw the kitchen sink at him methinks.

  67. TomNickle says:

    Giroux puts the Flyers on his back today and the Flyers finish it.

  68. Kimberly2u says:

    Go Flyers, Caps & Kings

  69. Stormin says:

    This Just In:
    Washington PA Announcer Jim Sandusky will refuse to introduce
    Dale Hunter’s Capital Starting 5 later today.

    Ovechkin Semen Laich Orlov Carlson

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  70. habsfan0 says:

    Boone: “I’m seriously thinking of becoming a former Red Sox fan”

    Who would you cheer for then..the Blue Jays?

  71. commandant says:

    Does anyone know, did Murray Wilson speak French? Does his brother Doug Wilson?

    I know they were from Ottawa.

    I think that Doug might be fired in San Jose, I wonder if he’s a candidate to be a GM in Montreal

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    • HabsFansince49 says:

      Why would you want to take someone who was fired?

      • commandant says:

        Wilson has built a pretty good team in San Jose. The only thing he never did was give them a playoff goalie.

        We’ve got the goalie position covered.

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        • TomNickle says:

          They’ve also been very thin on defense under Wilson and haven’t done particularly well through the trade market.

          • commandant says:

            Fine, Fine, he’s a horrible GM.

            He somehow got lucky and had his team in the running almost every year since the lockout. Thats some kind of fluke and happened by accident right?

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          • TomNickle says:

            It isn’t luck but he loaded up on stars and completely ignored depth. Another move he made that was braindead from the word go was trading Jamie McGinn for a couple of pluggers who ultimately did nothing for him in the playoffs.

            Jamie McGinn was essentially on the same career path as Joe Pavelski albeit from a different position. Colorado stole McGinn.

            Again, I wouldn’t call him a horrible GM but he certainly hasn’t displayed that he’s one of the better NHL executives out there.

          • commandant says:

            30 teams in the league and his team has consistently been at or near the top in the regular season since the lockout.

            To me that says something about his ability as a GM.

            He’s made more than just the Thornton move. How about stealing Dan Boyle out of Tampa? The previously mentionned Toskala-Couture move? getting Heatley on the cheap? I liked moving Heatley for Havlat too.

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          • habs_54321 says:

            id say hes done a terrific job with san jose he made the big trade for thornton say what you whant about thornton but that was a top 5 steal of the decade up there with the kessel trade, he robbed dan boyle from tampa, he grabbed the at the time perrenial 50 goal scorer heatley from ottawa he didn’t really work out with heatley in san jose but still was terrific aggresive gm skills to aquire a player of that calibre. their are a bunch of other player transactions like aquiring brian campbell that wern’t robberies but proves he has excellent communications skills with the other gm’s around the league and is capable of pulling the trigger to get a deal done and not for players like gomez, bourque, kaberle he aquires actual quality hockey players.

        • habsfan0 says:

          Carey Price’s NHL playoff record:

          GP 26 W 8 L 15 OTL 3

          Room for improvement,IMHO.

    • TomNickle says:

      Be careful what you wish for. We got Max Pacioretty and Josh Gorges from him for Craig Rivet.

      I don’t believe Murray Wilson speaks French either.

  72. EricInStL says:

    I wonder what it would take to get Big Joe ? I would trade our no1 but I would offer up Pleks + someone else.

  73. habsfan0 says:

    Predictions for Earth Day:
    Flyers brought down to Earth;
    Bruins begin summer long hibernation;
    Canucks lose,no riots(it is Earth Day),Luongo steams on bench.

  74. ProHabs says:

    First.
    Should be 3 great games today. So glad the Habs aren’t in the playoffs to take the enjoyment of the games away.


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