PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - David Krejci scored an overtime goal to seal a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday and carry the Boston Bruins to a 2-0 lead in their second round playoff series.
The Bruins’ celebrations were delayed momentarily as officials reviewed the replay of Krejci’s rocketed snap shot, which ricocheted out of the net exactly 14 minutes into overtime, before the goal was awarded.
“At first I thought it was in, but then everyone kept playing so I made sure to keep playing until the whistle,” Krejci told reporters.
“We had a strong game the first two periods and in the third they came out hard. We had to get it going.”
With the triumph, the Bruins are in a familiar commanding position but the team may not feel overly confident of wrapping up the series quickly.
Boston squandered a 3-0 lead to the Flyers in last season’s playoffs and lost the series in a heartbreaking seventh game.
The Bruins, who thrashed Philadelphia 7-3 in Game One on Saturday, head home for Game Three on Wednesday following a stellar performance from goaltender Tim Thomas who made 52 saves to keep Boston afloat.
Philadelphia jumped out to a 2-0 lead as James van Riemsdyk scored twice in an action-packed first period featuring 30 shots, but goals to Boston’s Chris Kelly and Brad Marchand leveled the scores going into the second period.
Each team was held scoreless through the second and third periods.
The Flyers, who have rotated their goaltenders with mixed results in the playoffs, had 32 saves from Brian Boucher who appeared to injure his hand when stopping a shot in the second.
Boucher was replaced midway through the second by Sergei Bobrovsky before returning at the start of the third.
Philadelphia blew a chance to win the game in regulation with four seconds left when winger Danny Briere missed an open net.
Van Riemsdyk tallied his NHL-leading seventh goal of the playoffs and helped set the pace with eight shots.
“He had his legs going tonight, he was one of the fastest players on the ice,” Thomas said of Van Riemsdyk. “I was trying to hold him off and hold on until we could get some goals.”
Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Ian Ransom