Tyler Seguin and the Boston Bruins (15-3-3) played host to the Philadelphia Flyers (11-13-1) at the TD Garden for a Saturday matinee. The Bruins, fresh off a hard fought 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, looked to continue playing their defensive style of hockey which has helped them win throughout the season, while the Flyers, losers of their last two, were looking to earn a victory and two points they desperately need.
Seguin, who got off to a slow start this season, entered today’s matchup having scored 12 points in his last ten games, including 2 goals Thursday night against Toronto. The first period opened slowly, as both teams tried to establish dominance but neither team was successful. Halfway through the period Philadelphia was out shooting Boston 3-0. The Bruins didn’t register their first shot on net until almost 11 minutes into the contest. However, a hooking penalty on Flyer’s defenseman Kimmo Timonen with 8:48 remaining in the first seemed to wake the sleeping Bruins. Seguin opened the scoring gates with a power play goal courtesy of a great spin-o-rama pass from Milan Lucic. Chris Kelly would put the Bruins up 2-0 when he beat Philadelphia goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. Not to be out done by the third line, fourth line winger Daniel Paille added the Bruins’ third goal less than a minute later. The Bruins would go into the locker room with a comfortable 3-0 lead.
The second period started out much like the first frame did, with both teams rushing up and down the ice. However, this time around no one would find the back of the net and the score remained the same after the second.
Despite two recent hiccups against the Canadiens and the Capitals, Boston has been nearly flawless in third periods, becoming one of the hardest teams to score against. This held true, thanks to a sliding save by Seguin in the final few minutes of the game. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, who was facing the Flyers for the first time since his historical meltdown in game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2010, came way out of his net to poke check the puck away from Flyer’s forward Maxime Talbot but left the net wide open. Seguin laid out and blocked a shot, helping preserve Rask’s shutout.
When asked about Tyler’s save, Rask replied, “He told me he would’ve caught the guy when I sprinted out of the net, but it’s great to see he has my back and that he has those goalie skills too.”