Bruins ambush Flyers in lop-sided series opener

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Boston Bruins scored four straight goals and cruised to a lopsided 7-3 win over Philadelphia to the chagrin of the fans at the Wells Fargo Center who booed the Flyers off the ice Saturday.

The win gave Boston a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final series and allowed them to gain home ice advantage.

Nathan Horton's goal in the final minute of the first period broke a 1-1 tie and sparked the Bruins offense. Boston scored three successive goals in the second period to lead 5-1 and chase Flyers starting goalie Brian Boucher from the game.

James van Riemsdyk countered for the Flyers late in the second period and Mike Richards scored a powerplay goal to draw the Flyers to within two with 6:58 remaining in the third.

However, Brad Marchand's second goal of the game less than two minutes later snuffed out Flyers' hopes of a comeback.

David Krejci scored two goals and two assists to lead the Bruins. Mark Recchi and Gregory Campbell scored the other Bruins goals and Patrice Bergeron had three assists. Danny Briere also scored for Philadelphia.

(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario; Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)