Bruins hammer Flyers

PHILADELPHIA - Uh oh, Boston has another series lead over the Flyers.

The Bruins are counting on a few new faces to keep this one for good.

David Krejci and Brad Marchand each scored two goals, and the Bruins took out their frustration from one of the great collapses in postseason history with a 7-3 win over Philadelphia on Saturday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

For the second straight season, the Bruins lead the Flyers in the second round. The Bruins went ahead 3-0 a year ago, then the Flyers became the third NHL team to rally with four straight wins to take a best-of-seven series.

“I try not to think about what happened last year, but in the back of my mind, it’s hard,” Krejci said. “But I try to stay focused for the game. My teammates helped me out.”

Krejci, who had two assists, was helped by a string of teammates who were absent for last year’s failure.

Krejci was sidelined by injury for the final four games of the series. Dennis Seidenberg also was hurt. Gregory Campbell and Nathan Horton were both on the Florida Panthers. Marchand spent most of last season in the minors.

Those five combined for 12 points in Game 1, and Horton and Campbell scored goals.

Game 2 is Monday in Philadelphia.

Predators 2, at Canucks 1 (2 OT): Fourth-line forward Matt Halischuk beat Roberto Luongo at 18:53 of the second overtime as Nashville tied the Western Conference semifinal with Vancouver at one game each.

Game 3 is Tuesday in Tennessee.


Detroit at San Jose, noon, Ch. 5 (Sharks lead series, 1-0)

Tampa Bay at Washington, 4 p.m., CBUT, Versus (Lightning lead series, 1-0)