The Bruins beat the Flyers 3-2 in a shootout to snap a four game losing streak.
“We put that road trip in the past and tried to learn from it,” said Patrice Bergeron, who had the game winning goal. “We have 11 games left, we got to make a statement for us as a team and I think we did that today by a great effort overall. We found a way. Yes, it wasn’t easy but still we found a way.”
For several games in a row the Bruins have started off the opening period slow with little offensive pressure. However, during Saturday’s matchup against the Flyers, they came out with intensity from the get-go.
The Bruins’ Gregory Campbell set the tone of the game early with a fight against Flyer Zac Rinaldo for the Bruins’ 54th fight of the season. The two teams are heated rivals and the Bruin’s certainly picked up their game to pick up the win.
“There’s interchanging roles on this team,” said Campbell, “and everyone has to play different parts. Sometimes thats what’s needed a spark a little bit of energy. This was a big game for our team and to provide that energy, I’m just trying to help out in any way I can. In that situation I think it was good in front of the home crowd, just to spark a little life into the team.”
The tension has been building between these two bitter rivals, but that’s just the kind of black and blue hockey that these two teams are accustomed to. The Bruins are 2nd in the league for fighting majors and the Flyers are tied for 3rd. Shawn Thornton did not drop the gloves during Saturday’s game, but he still leads the Bruins and the NHL in fighting majors this season with 19.
The struggling Boston defense managed to keep the Flyers without a shot on net for the first 10 minutes of play. On the offensive side of things, the Bruins got 11 shots on net and two goals; Chris Kelly netted in the first at 6:23 and Tyler Seguin scored at 17:07.
Johnny Boychuk continued with the fighting theme of the afternoon during the second period of action. He quickly took down Philly’s Maxime Talbot in the attacking zone. Boychuk laid a quick hit on Talbot before bringing him down to the ice and getting a good hit before officials sent them both to the box for fighting.
Going into the game, the Bruins knew how much of a hard time they were going to have getting the puck past Ilya Bryzgalov. The Flyers’ net-minder had a 249:43 shutout streak prior 3rd period in the Flyer’s 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders. He’s won seven straight games and in March he’s had an incredible .99 GAA and a .965 save percentage prior to his matchup against the Bruins.
The Flyers got a goal in the second, scored by Matt Read to put them within one. Then with less than five to go in third period, with the Bruins up by one, Jakob Voracek scored to tie the game up and send it into over time.
After a scoreless five minutes of overtime, the Bruins went into a shootout. Krejci and Tyler Seguin both scored, and Patrice Bergeron got the game winner to give the Bruins their first win in four games