Bruins Blank Bryz and the Boys

Tuukka Rask earned his second shutout of the season (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

Tuukka Rask earned his second shutout of the season (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

Despite being down a man within the opening minute of the game with David Krejci going to the box for holding, the Bruins improved their game and played a much more solid game than the previous few. They had momentum playing in their favor through the majority of the game, getting kick started when Kimmo Timonen got sent to the box in the first period instilling the first power play for the Bruins. Milan Lucic set up a beautiful play tossing a back-handed no-look pass to forward Tyler Seguin who was able to beat Ilya Bryzgalov with a wrist shot for a 1-0 lead at 11:53. The goal came as Seguin’s eighth of the season and his second power play goal. Just 1:35 seconds later recent call-up Jordan Caron, debuting in his first game of the season, made a quick pass to Chris Kelly who was able to beat Bryzgalov glove-side for a quick 2-0 lead. Just when you were starting to think, damn, they’re on fire the Bruins goal horn sounded again as they capitalized on a neutral zone turnover which Shawn Thornton sent up ice to Gregory Campbell who then relayed on to a speeding Daniel Paille who backhanded it with ease over the Philadelphia netminder to send the final score 3-0 into the first intermission.

Despite having a three-goal lead the Bruins still had two periods of hockey left to play and couldn’t throw in the towel quite yet. Thankfully, unlike their lead against the Canadiens, they kept the pressure on the Flyers and showed them what they were made of. Shawn Thornton got the Garden rocking s he dropped the gloves against Zac Rinaldo after he placed a big body hit on Bruins’ defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Rinaldo connected a couple of times, but Shawn showed him whose house it was after landing a series of upper cuts and coming out with the upper hand (literally). Despite the momentum playing in their favor the Bruins went into the final frame up the three goals they scored in the first period, holding the Flyers to simply shots on net.

The Flyers made an attempt to get on the scoreboard in the final frame, the Bruins finding themselves in the box more than on the ice, but their penalty killing unit was on point and helped improve their streak to 14 straight killed penalties. The Bruins remained focused and kept their heads in the game, providing a full sixty minute effort from everyone on the team instead of just Marchand, Bergeron and Seguin.

Tuukka Rask earned himself his second shutout of the season stopping all 23 shots that came his direction and improved his record to 12-2-3. He know holds a .927 save percentage sitting among the best goaltenders of the league.

The Bruins next game is Monday night against the Ottawa Senators where they will look for their third straight victory.  Game time is set for 7:00pm and can be seen on New England Sports Network.


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