By Mike Cratty | Follow me on Twitter @Mike_Cratty
Home: Boston Bruins
Away: Philadelphia Flyers
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
DeBrusk – Krejci – Studnicka
Bjork – Coyle – Kuhlman
Nordstrom – Kuraly – Wagner
Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Grzelcyk – Lauzon
Giroux – Couturier – Voracek
Laughton – Hayes – Konecny
van Riemsdyk – Grant – Aube-Kubel
Raffl – Thompson – Pitlick
Provorov – Niskanen
Sanheim – Myers
Hagg – Braun
Things were much more cohesive to start this one in comparison to the exhibition game against Columbus, which was pretty sluggish. Through the first five minutes of the game, the Bruins outshot the Flyers six to one. The first penalty of the game came in the form of a slashing penalty against Michael Raffl at the 11:09 mark. The Flyers didn’t give much at all and killed the penalty as a result.
Just about four minutes after the conclusion of the Raffl penalty, David Krejci went off for hooking with 5:19 remaining. Things got dicey early on as it seemed Claude Giroux had himself a sure goal off of a one-timer, but it rang the post. Brandon Carlo went off for tripping with 52 seconds left, but the Flyers couldn’t convert before the end of the period. The Bruins held a 12 to 6 advantage in shots on goal, and looked much better than they did against Columbus.
To start the period, the Bruins killed the last minute and eight seconds of the Carlo penalty. Poor defensive zone coverage led to Raffl sneaking through the cracks and burying the game’s first goal with 14:27 to go. Carlo nearly evened things up very shortly after the fact, but rang the post.
Nate Thompson made it two for the Flyers at the 10:29 mark, and Robert Hagg took an interference penalty just eight seconds later. Unfortunately for the Bruins, they couldn’t convert on the golden opportunity.
Matt Grzelcyk went down the tunnel for repairs after taking a puck to the face along the boards. Chris Wagner got the Bruins on the board with 1:09 left, assisted by Joakim Nordstrom and Charlie McAvoy. Eight seconds later, Phillippe Myers capitalized on a neutral zone turnover by Zdeno Chara and made it three to one. Shots in the period were 11 to 8, bringing the game total to 20-17 in favor of the Bruins.
Score: 3-1 Philadelphia
Scott Laughton made it four for the Flyers four minutes and seven seconds into the period, making the uphill climb for the Bruins even steeper. The Bruins didn’t see the effort they necessarily would have wanted being down by three. They were outshot nine to zero through the first nine minutes of the period.
Matt Niskanen’s high sticking penalty gave the Bruins a glimmer of hope just past the midway point of the period. No luck on the power play again. After a collision involving Lauzon and Raffl in which Raffl left injured, Lauzon and Laughton got tied up and received 10-minute misconducts. James van Riemsdyk and Jack Studnicka served the penalties and a 4-on-4 ensued.
Jaroslav Halak was pulled in order to mount a comeback with around four minutes left. In an effort to thwart an empty netter, Torey Krug and James van Riemsdyk got tied up and both went off for holding, creating a 4-on-4 before Halak was pulled again. The Bruins had some decent chances, but Carter Hart shut them down. Shots in the period were 15 to 12 in favor of the Bruins, and 35 to 29 overall. Halak stopped 24 of the 28 shots that he faced. Next up are the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday at 4 PM ET.
Final Score: 4-1 Philadelphia
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