January 25, 2014

Bruins chase Mason, rout Flyers

By Jesse Connolly

Final: Boston 6, Philadelphia 1

Recap: The host Flyers finished the opening frame with a 12-9 edge in shots, but the B's won the period on the scoreboard. Zdeno Chara got things rolling on Boston's second power play of the game, which began just 5:32 into the contest. His attempted backdoor pass to Torey Krug went off a Philly defender and past Steve Mason to make it 1-0. Jarome Iginla doubled the lead in the final minute of the frame on a shot that went under Mason's glove.

In the second, Reilly Smith's first goal in eight games made it 3-0 with 6:59 gone. Craig Berube yanked Mason when Patrice Bergeron roofed a rebound off a Brad Marchand shot home at 13:10.

After a Claude Giroux goal on the man advantage made it 4-1, tlhe Flyers mailed it in the rest of the way. Boston tacked on two goals in the third against Ray Emery, with Chara and Iginla each picking up their second tallies of the night. 

Records: Boston 32-15-3, 67 points; Philadelphia 25-22-6, 56 points

Key Play of the Game: Iginla's goal late in the first was a back-breaker. The Flyers were 18 seconds away from going into the intermission down one, but a shot Mason should've had eluded him.

Connolly's Commendations: After going through a six-game stretch without a point, Iginla exploded for two goals and two assists. As expected, his linemates fared pretty well, too. Krejci, a Flyers-killer throughout his career, had three assists. Milan Lucic also had a helper.

While Iginla broke out of his funk, Bergeron (goal) and Marchand (assist) kept their hot streaks going. They've combined for 16 points in the last five games.

Krug had a pair of assists and was plus-2 in 18-plus minutes of ice time. This was his fourth multi-point game of the season.

Connolly's Critiques: Right after the B's went up 4-0, Greg Campbell elected to drop the gloves and was defeated handedly by Luke Schenn. Not exactly great timing for a move that had little potential to be beneficial for the Black and Gold.

Notes: The win ends a two-game losing streak to the Flyers. ... Rask allowed less than three goals in consecutive starts for the first time since Dec. 27. ... The Bruins' struggling power play scored three times in the matinee.

Final Thoughts: Given that the Flyers had allowed 21 goals over their last six games, one had to expect Boston would have a good day against Mason and Co., but the Flyers showed little fight throughout most of the game. The B's showed little rust after a four-day layoff and are now 3-0-1 in their last four contests.

Next: The B's will visit the Islanders on Monday night.

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com