The Boston Bruins powered their way past the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon to clinch the number one seed in the Eastern Conference.
After a slow start to the matinee game, the Bruins dominated the Flyers in the third period and sealed the victory. Johnny Boychuk scored at 13:54 of the third period to give the Bruins the lead, and just 31 seconds later Milan Lucic beat goaltender Ray Emery giving Boston their biggest lead of the game. Chris Kelly would be the one to score an empty net goal and make it 5-2.
Leading the charge for the Bruins today was Loui Eriksson who notched four points (4 a) in today’s game.
“I was feeling good out there. We were making some good plays and we got some really good chances. It was nice to get some goals too and get the win, for sure” Said Eriksson following the win.
With Jarome Iginla out of the lineup today, Eriksson had to fill in on the top line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci. While it was a temporary situation, Lucic seemed to like the play of his linemate for the day.
“I think his game’s grown just before the Olympic break and the way he played in the Olympics, and coming back he’s been playing really, really well for us and he’s being the player that I guess everyone expected him to be.”
With the win today, the Boston Bruins clinched the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins have not entered the playoffs as the number one seed in their conference since the 2008-09 season.
Goaltender Tuukka Rask was happy with the accomplishment, but he knows the work has only begun. “Well, something, I guess, we wanted to do but it wasn’t really our main goal, everyone knows what our main goal is. But it’s good to finish off first and we still have a few games left and try to finish strong and then really feel good about going in to the playoffs.”
Boston has gone 16-1-2 in their last 19 games. Consistency has certainly brought the Bruins to this point, and Head Coach Claude Julien knows it’s a good sign of where the team is mentally heading into the playoffs. “At this point in the year, we’re pretty good. I think I’ve seen a little bit of our sense of urgency just dip a little bit in the last little while, but not to the point of being worried. I think it’s just a natural thing right now, and as I’ve mentioned often, our team is an experienced team and the guys know that when the time comes, they will be ready.”
The Bruins return to action Tuesday night as they travel to Minnesota to take on the Wild.