March 17, 2012
Bruins end skid, beat Flyers 3-2 in shootout
Final: Boston 3, Philadelphia 2 (SO)
Recap: After falling behind umpteen times in
a row, Chris Kelly staked the B's to a 1-0 advantage. With less
than three minutes remaining in the opening frame, Tyler Seguin
made it a two-goal edge when he buied a feed from Patrice
Philadelphia cut the lead in half in the second when Matt Read
tipped a shot by Danny Briere past Tim Thomas to make it 2-1. With
time winding down in the third, Jak Voracek repeated that feat,
deflecting a shot by Braydon Coburn to make it 2-2.
After a scoreless overtime, the first five shooters tallied
before Thomas stoned Briere's attempt to seal the win.
Records: Boston 41-27-3, 85 points;
Philadelphia 41-22-8, 90 points
Key Play of the Game: Considering this went Boston's ways,
we'll tip our cap to Seguin. No. 19's tally in the shootout was
just filthy, as he roofed one over Bryzgalov right to the tip-top
of the net.
Connolly's Commendations: Shy of two timely
tips, Thomas was absolutely on his game from start to finish. The
B's netminder had been shelled of late, so to limit a dangerous
Flyers team to two goals should hopefully be a nice building
Chris Kelly stepped it up today for the Black and Gold,
tallying in the first period and finishing the night with 10
faceoff wins on 17 draws.
Patrice Bergeron, named first star of the tilt, was also huge
this evening. The reliable pivot ended a mini-slump, set up
Seguin's strike and scored the game-winner in the shootout.
Connolly's Critiques: Given that the Bruins ended their
four-game losing streak, we'll cut everyone some slack and lay off
Notes: With the win, Boston jumped from
seventh to second in the Eastern Conference standings.
Final Thoughts: Given that Bryzgalov had four
shutouts in his last six games and that the Flyers had won 8-of-10,
only a fool would've placed money on the Bruins winning today's
tilt. But sure enough, it won't take until Monday against the Leafs
for the B's to turn things around -- no matter how temporary the
fix may be.
Next: As mentioned above, the Leafs will
visit the Garden on Monday night.