Bruins make the most of home-ice advantage

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Lucic's goal puts Boston up 2-0 on Philadelphia; Blackhawks rally to tie series with Vancouver

Milan Lucic waited at the faceoff circle, his back to the goal, for a deflected puck to land. When it hit the ice, the Boston Bruins forward tapped it with his stick to settle it and then, in one motion, turned and shot.

Lucic's turnaround slap shot broke a third-period tie with 2:57 left, and Boston beat the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals.

Boston Bruins' forward Milan Lucic celebrates what would be the game-winning goal as Philadelphia Flyers James van Riemsdyk (21) and Ryan Parent (77) react late in the third period of Game 2 of their second-round NHL playoff series in Boston on Monday. Th

Milan Lucic waited at the faceoff circle, his back to the goal, for a deflected puck to land. When it hit the ice, the Boston Bruins forward tapped it with his stick to settle it and then, in one motion, turned and shot.

Lucic's turnaround slap shot broke a third-period tie with 2:57 left, and Boston beat the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals.

Tuukka Rask made 24 saves, and Miroslav Satan and Johnny Boychuk also scored for Boston. The No. 6 seed in the East, the Bruins inherited home-ice advantage when the conference's top three teams were eliminated in the opening round and protected it heading into Game 3 Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

Brian Boucher stopped 24 shots for Philadelphia. Mike Richards and Danny Briere scored for the Flyers, who rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits but have yet to lead in the series.

Boston won Game 1 on Marc Savard's overtime goal.

"It's almost like back-to-back overtime losses, they scored so late," said Flyers forward Danny Briere, who scored a goal and assisted on one by Mike Richards for his fourth straight multiple-point game.

Lucic missed a month early in the season with a broken finger and a month in the second half with a high ankle sprain, injuries that limited him to career-lows of 50 games and 20 points. When he returned, he was a steady presence in the lineup but not on the score sheet, getting just one goal in the last 10 games of the regular season and none in the first seven games of the playoffs.

"He obviously had a tough season, with everything he's gone through with the ankle and everything like that," Savard said. "He's battling, and that's a huge goal. It helps his confidence and he is only going to get better because of that."

The game started in chippy fashion, and both coaches were warned 18 seconds in when a scrum developed and the players pushed after the whistle. Daniel Carcillo complained to broadcaster TSN that Marc Savard bit his finger during a second-period skirmish.

"Last time I have been bit was in grade school. It is not a good feeling. It is pretty cowardly," Carcillo said. "Guys don't bite. Men don't bite."

Savard pointed the finger back at him.

"He pummelled on my face," he said. "He pulled on my teeth, so I guess that's biting when a guy tries and pull your front teeth out."

Because of the water main break outside of Boston that forced residents to boil drinking and cooking water, the TD Garden brought in 13,520 bottles of water and 18,720 20-ounce bottles of soda to sub for the fountain drinks usually available at the concession stands.

Blackhawks 4 Canucks 2

At Chicago, Kris Versteeg scored go the go-ahead goal from the left circle with 1:30 left and the Blackhawks rallied to beat Vancouver to even the Western Conference semifinal at 1-1 on Monday night.

Game 3 will be played Wednesday night in Vancouver.

In a furious final rush, Versteeg lost the puck near the goal. It went out to Duncan Keith, who slid the pass to Versteeg for a shot that beat goalie Roberto Luongo to send the United Center into a frenzy.

Patrick Kane added an empty-netter with 47.7 seconds left.

The Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp tied the game earlier in the third with a short-handed goal.

Mason Raymond and Mikael Samulesson, on a power play, gave Vancouver a 2-0 lead in the first 5:02 of the game. Brent Seabrook brought the Blackhawks within a goal in the first.

Chicago's Antti Niemi finished with 24 saves. Luongo had 29.

Organizations: Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, TD Garden United Center

Geographic location: Boston, Vancouver, Philadelphia Chicago

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