James van Riemsdyk shines in Flyers loss

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James van Riemsdyk has been lighting the lamp for the Philadelphia Flyers this postseason. (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

James van Riemsdyk has been lighting the lamp for the Philadelphia Flyers this postseason. (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

It may be tough to think of anything other than David Krejci’s overtime goal Monday night that puts the Philadelphia Flyers down 2-0 in the series against the Boston Bruins. Even with the loss, the Flyers and Bruins put on quite a hockey game and it was a different team that showed up than the first game of the series. But even that isn’t what sticks out most.

Instead, New Jersey native James van Riemsdyk put on another monster of a performance. Just like teammate Claude Giroux last postseason, van Riemsdyk has taken over the 2011 playoffs and made it into his coming out party and Monday night was no exception.

Van Riemsdyk, who turns 22 Wednesday, had eight shots – the most by either side – in 28 minutes of ice time. Head coach Peter Laviolette recognized his strong play and even double shifted the young forward. He wasn’t the only one who noticed. At around the six minutes left in regulation, the crowd in the Wells Fargo Center chanted, “J-V-R! J-V-R!” in recognition. It seemed that he was everywhere on the ice all at once and barely a minute would go without seeing him flying up the wing.

It only took 29 seconds into the game for van Riemsdyk to make a difference. He scored his sixth goal of the playoffs and just over nine minutes later, added his seventh on the power play. It was his fifth consecutive game with a goal.

He currently leads all playoff skaters with 59 shots and an average of 6.6 shots per game. He is tied for the league lead in goals with teammate Danny Briere. In the nine games this postseason, van Riemsdyk has already surpassed his goals and points total from last season in 21 games.

Van Riemsdyk is proving to not only Philadelphia, but the hockey community at whole why he was chosen second overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft behind Chicago’s Patrick Kane.

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