By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @ pastagrl88
The Boston Bruins are 15-2-0 tonight after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 and have extended their winning streak. Boston is now the fifth team in NHL history with a season-opening home winning streak with 10 games or more. With the team haven’t played since Sunday, the gameplay was at times very lackluster and unfocused with too many turnovers down the Bruins’ end. Boston would open up scoring during the final period of the game and luckily came away with the win.
As the team gathered their legs, goaltender Linus Ullmark provided much-needed saves in the back end. The Flyers, who have now suffered a five-game losing streak, wasted no time and were eager to get control of the game. Early on in the first, Philly took full advantage of bad decisions and turnovers from the B’s but were unable to get the puck past Ullmark.
Both teams had power play opportunities throughout the first: Travis Sanheim went off for tripping against Trent Frederic while Jake DeBrusk gave the Flyers the edge when he was nabbed for tripping against Morgan Frost. The first period ended with the B’s on the power play when Philly was called for too many men on the ice.
Tomas Nosek brought life back to the TD Garden crowd scoring off a Nick Foligno pass, who circled behind the net after an initial setup by Pavel Zacha. As the second period closed out, Taylor Hall would go off to the penalty box for slashing against Travis Sanheim. Philly’s Travis Konecny did not return to the game after suffering from an apparent right-hand injury.
With the final period underway, Linus Ullmark would be nabbed for interference against Morgan Frost which was served by Taylor Hall. Boston were back on the power play when Max Willman went off for high-sticking against Connor Clifton.
Jake DeBrusk made it 2-0 during the power play scoring off a slap pass by David Pastrnak. The Bruins would be back on the penalty kill when Charlie McAvoy went off for an interference call against Zack MacEwan. Philly’s Owen Tippet got the Flyers on board as the puck found its way through traffic, making it 2-1.
David Krejci answered back seconds after, making it 3-1 at 10:04 in the third. Philly would be unable to answer and as time ticked away Boston ran away with a 4-1 win as Krejci scored his second goal of the night during the game’s final power play.
Both Pavel Zacha and Nick Foligno tallied points tonight with two assists each. Foligno has now notched his 300th career assist. Ullmark made 22 saves while Carter Hart made 28 saves on 32 shots. The Flyers went one-for-four on the power play while Boston went two-for-four. Ullmark has also become the third Bruins goaltender to win his first eight or more home games of a season. He joins Gillies Gilbert (1973-74) and Ross Brooks (1973-74).
END OF GAME SCORE: BOS-4, PHI-1
TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-32, PHI-23
NEXT GAME: Boston Bruins versus Chicago Blackhawks @ TD Garden, Saturday, November 19th with puck drop at 7: 00 PM