Zdeno Chara scored 30 seconds into the game, and David Krejci scored 33 seconds later, forcing Peter Laviolette to call his only time out just over a minute into the first period. On the first play, Kris Versteeg abandoned his man, leaving four Flyers below the crease, allowing Chara a wide-open slap shot which he roofed over Brian Boucher’s glove.
On the next shift, Krejci beat Andrej Meszaros off the wall and into the slot, and received a pass from Milan Lucic that he put past Brian Boucher. That would be two defensive breakdowns in just over a minute, and the Bruins made the Flyers pay.
On the ensuing timeout, Peter Laviolette did something unorthodox: He had Assistant Coach Craig Berube talk to his team while Laviolette spoke with Boucher at the end of the bench. One can only speculate what Laviolette said, but one has to believe he told Boucher to calm down, his team needs him, and he’ll stay in the game.
The rest of the period was evenly matched as the Bruins protected their lead, stifling the Flyers’ offense. The Flyers had the only power play in the period, but couldn’t even register a shot. In all, it was a miserable start to the game for the Flyers. Still 40 minutes left though.