By Mike Cratty | Follow me on Twitter @Mike_Cratty
Marchand – Bergeron – DeBrusk
Ritchie – Krejci – Studnicka
Bjork – Coyle – Smith
Frederic – Kuraly – Wagner
Lauzon – McAvoy
Grzelcyk – Carlo
Zboril – Miller
Farabee – Hayes – Voracek
Laughton – Giroux – van Riemsdyk
Lindblom – Patrick – Konecny
Raffl – Bunnaman – Aube-Kubel
Provorov – Sanheim
Gustafsson – Braun
Hagg – Friedman
Claude Giroux took the game’s first penalty, a tripping call on Jake DeBrusk at the 16:18 mark. Despite some solid chances, they couldn’t convert early on in the game. The first power play of the game for the Flyers came not too long after thanks to a holding penalty on Sean Kuraly at the 13:03 mark.
Much like Monday’s game against the Islanders, it was a whole lot of nothing on the scoreboard and some penalties early on. This time it was Nicolas Aube-Kubel, who went off for slashing at the 1:45 mark. While they outshot the Flyers 14 to three in the period, the Bruins still couldn’t get on the board.
David Krejci went off for high sticking at the 15:15 mark and Giroux made it hurt on a short side snipe. A holding call against Kevan Miller didn’t make matters any better less than two minutes later. Luckily the latter of the two early penalties was killed off.
Mark Friedman got tied up with Brad Marchand at center ice and was hurt on the play, putting the Flyers shorthanded on defense for a bit as he went down the tunnel. Not too long before that, Marchand made an interesting decision on a 2-on-1, to say the least. I’m just going to leave these here.
After suffering a right arm injury against the Islanders, Matt Grzelcyk went down awkwardly again in this one. Not a great stretch of games when it comes to luck for him.
Anders Bjork went off for hooking at the 4:36 mark. The Flyers nearly made it hurt on the power play again, but James van Riemsdyk’s goal came just seven seconds after the conclusion of the power play. A frustrating start to the season for the Bruins continued through the second period. They were outshot eight to four, bringing the total to 18 to 11 in favor of the Bruins. Shots are nice, but goals are better.
Score: 2-0 Philadelphia
It finally happened! The Bruin scored a five-on-five goal. Jack Studnicka capitalized on a spinning feed from Krejci, catching the rebound on his initial chance in doing so. Krejci (2) and Nick Ritchie (1) had the helpers on Studnicka’s first. All of a sudden it was a one-goal game just 57 seconds into the period.
Just a minute and nine seconds later, Charlie Coyle added on to it with one of his own, beating Carter Hart on the five hole to tie the game at two. Of course it happens this way, all at once. Coyle’s first of the season was assisted by Craig Smith, for his first point as a Bruin.
Travis Sanheim played spoiler to the sudden resurgence for the Bruins, making it a 3-2 game at the 12:47 mark. Krejci found himself tied up with Travis Konecny in the corner after a brief scrum out front. Tensions were rising as the scoring picked up big time in the third period.
Some long-awaited 5-on-5 goals noticeably sparked the team. A Scott Laughton cross-checking penalty was just what the Bruins needed to get back into this one. Ritchie found himself all alone on his off-wing in close proximity to the net, and made no mistake in burying his second of the season. Patrice Bergeron (2) and David Krejci (3) had the helpers.
Brandon Carlo gave the Bruins the lead with 4:42 to go. His first of the season was assisted by Grzelcyk (1) and Marchand (3). This was easily the wildest period of the season for the Bruins.
But things weren’t all peachy afterward as Kuraly took a penalty s right at center ice after the goal for cross-checking. The penalty killing woes continued as van Riemsdyk again making it hurt for the Bruins. The Bruins almost retook the lead again with Ritchie and Krejci surrounding the crease, but were stifled by the butt end of Hart’s stick.
A wild period ended in a tie, forcing overtime for the third time in four games for the Bruins. They outshot the Flyers a whopping 22 to ten in the third period, bringing the total to 40 to 21 through 60 minutes.
Tuukka Rask put on a show in overtime, making numerous big saves. We saw some good offensive zone possession from the Bruins, but nothing too extravagant. The Flyers held the advantage in shots with five to zero for the Bruins.
Craig Smith: Miss
Jakub Voracek: Miss
Charlie Coyle: Miss
Travis Konecny: Miss
Jake DeBrusk: Goal
Claude Giroux: Miss
A game as crazy as this one, given how the season has gone so far just felt destined for a shootout. DeBrusk ended it in style. This game was not one for the faint of heart. Well, mainly the third period. The final shots were 40 to 26 in favor of the Bruins, and now they are 2-1-1.