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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (27-17-6)

Away: Philadelphia Flyers (21-23-6)

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Philadelphia’s Lineup


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First Period

The Bruins went to the power play in the opening minutes as David Pastrnak got tripped down driving to the Philadelphia net. Pastrnak gave Boston the early lead with a man advantage goal off a beautiful feed from Torey Krug just three minutes into the game.


Immediately following the goal Tuukka Rask made a huge save on James van Riemsdyk to preserve the lead. The Bruins seemed to have no trouble getting scoring chances early on as they took the play to the Flyers. Rask seemed to be very active especially playing the puck which kept the play moving, allowing the B’s to have the advantage in possession.

The Bruins play seemed to level out in the middle stages of the period as the Flyers started to find a rhythm. Rask didn’t face a ton of rubber in the period but looked perfectly normal in his first game back from a concussion. Neither team got many great scoring chances in the final moments of the period until Claude Giroux broke free and scored on a breakaway to tie it with less than a minute left in the period.


Score: Tied 1-1

Second Period

The Bruins started the period struggling in their own zone as the Flyers got countless chances on Rask but to no avail. Pastrnak made it two goals on the night as he redirected Patrice Bergeron’s shot by Carter Hart to give the B’s the lead once again.


The Bruins looked to regain their composure as the period went on as they got more solid scoring chances against Hart. The Flyers got some good chances but they remained few and far between. Rask continued to be strong as he made a big stop on Wayne Simmonds to keep it a one goal game. The Flyers started to storm the Boston end towards the end of the period as the Bruins looked to be slightly flustered in their own end.

Pastrnak nearly made it a hat trick late in the period with a chance in the Philadelphia crease but hit the side of the net as it remained a 2-1 game. The physical play started to pick up late in the period as both teams drove hard to the goals of the opposing team to try to find the back of the net.

Score: 2-1 Bruins

Third Period

The Bruins started the final period with a little more jump in their step than the previous period as they looked to take control of the game. The B’s play in the own end improved in the early moments of the third as they were determined to not let the Flyers back into the game. Scott Laughton broke free after a bad turnover by John Moore and was hooked on a breakaway which resulted in a penalty shot but Rask gave him nothing to shoot which kept it a one goal game.


The Flyers got their first power play opportunity as Sean Kuraly took a penalty for holding the stick with about 11 minutes to go in the game. Oskar Lindblom tied it with a redirect in front of the net on the man advantage with just 10 seconds left on the penalty kill.


The Bruins seemed to have trouble getting scoring chances in the third period as the Flyers were able to hold the advantage in possession. The Bruins seemed determined to get the go ahead goal late in the period as the first line got a few great scoring chances. The Bruins continued to get the better of the scoring chances down the stretch but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Score: Tied 2-2


Marchand took a tripping penalty 57 seconds into the extra session, resulting in the Flyers getting a four on three advantage. Travis Sanheim found the back of the net on a long wrist shot to win it for the Flyers with just two seconds left on the power play.


Final Score: 3-2 Flyers

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Pastrnak. Scoring his 29th and 30th goals of the season, Pastrnak was at his best in this one and nearly finished off the hat trick in the second period.

Second Star: Rask. The goalie kept the Bruins in the game with a couple key stops but was denied a shot to move up on the B’s all time wins record.

Third Star: Bergeron. It wasn’t a spectacular game for number 37 but he had a solid game with an assist on Pastrnak’s even strength goal.

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