Luck of the Irish

Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

Yesterday afternoon the Bruins took on the Philadelphia Flyers at the TD Garden.  The Bruins showed first period dominance as they took an early lead by a Pouliot blast that Chris Kelly was able to bang in the rebound at just 6:23 in.  The Flyers didn’t register a shot on goal until 9:30 into the first period.  At 17:07 Patrice Bergeron came from behind the net to get the puck over to Seguin who was able to light the lamp and give the Bruins a two-goal lead. The Bruins this year are 31-0-0 when leading by two at any point in time in a game. At the end of the first period the Bruins were outhitting the Flyers 12-3 and provided their best start to a game that fans have seen in a long time.

As if having a two-goal lead wasn’t enough for the Bruins, Johnny Boychuk decided to teach instigator Maxime Talbot a thing or two by dropping the gloves.  Literally, Boychuk threw two punches and Talbot went down like a ton of bricks then went straight down the tunnel from the penalty box. Shortly after Jakub Voracek got a good chance off a loose puck aimed between Thomas’ pads, but he was able to keep the B’s with a 2-0 lead. After taking a puck to the throat, the Flyers lost another player as Andreas Lilja would not return to the game. Shortly before that there was a long shot by Briere that hit something in front of Thomas and made it past bringing the Flyers within one with 10:44 left. Through the second period the Bruins had a lot of back and forth movement, exchanging a lot of opportunities just before the buzzer.

The Bruins brought a lot of good, early pressure in the third period, but despite all that the Flyers were still able to manage some good work. It wouldn’t be until, the remaining four minutes of the game that they would get their second goal, tying it at two a piece and sending the game into overtime. Chara had a nice blast with just over a minute remaining in the extra period that was close, but not close enough. The game would go into a shoot-out where Tim Thomas proved he was on the ball, stopping the third and final shot on Briere providing the Bruins with a shoot-out win.

“I think we know that time is running out. With 10 games left, we know that it’s important to bring that kind of effort,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “You want to make sure you’re playing your best hockey when the playoffs start. We want to build to that, and we’ve got a lot of building to do.”(via Bruins official website)




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