Irish folklore states that at the end of a rainbow there lies a pot of gold. Yesterday, on St. Patrick’s Day, the Bruins found something more valuable than gold, they found a victory and with it, their way back to the top of the Northeast and back into second place in the Eastern Conference. The struggling Bruins had lost four games in a row coming into yesterday’s matinee matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers on the other hand, winners of 6 of their last 7, came into town with one of the hottest goaltenders. Flyer goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, had recently set the club’s longest shutout streak at 249:43.
The Bruins looked great during the first period. Chris Kelly got the home team on the board first when he wristed a shot past Bryzgalov. Tyler Seguin scored his 25th goal of the season at the 17:07 minute mark to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. The Bruins were showing signs of being the team that had the league shaking in their skates during the months of November and December. The Bruins took a solid 2-0 lead into the dressing room at the end of the first.
The second period saw some action back and forth and things were looking like things were going in Boston’s favor when Seguin took a two minute minor penalty for slashing. It looked like the Bruins were going to kill off the penalty without any repercussions, but with one second left on the penalty Flyer rookie Matt Read scored his 20th goal of the season to cut the lead to 2-1. That is where the score would remain after two periods.
It looked like the Bruins were going to survive the advances that Philadelphia was making in the third to win the game in regulation and walk out with two very important points. Unfortunately for the Bruins, Jakub Voracek tipped in a Braydon Coburn shot past Bruins’ goalie Tim Thomas, with a little less than five minutes remaining in the third. The game was now tied at 2 and the teams were headed to overtime.
Both teams had some amazing chances in the five minute overtime period but neither team could convert thanks in large to the great goaltending of Bryzgalov and Thomas. The two teams would decide who would get the extra point with a shootout.
The Bruins looked like their plan for the shootout was to attack Bryzgalov straight on. David Krejci scored on the first attempt giving Boston a 1-0 lead. Read scored for Philadelphia tying it a 1-1.
Seguin, who had looked great all game, came skating straight in and shot a laser top shelf past Bryzgalov. Claude Giroux tied it up at 2-2 when he beat Thomas. The third skater for Boston was Patrice Bergeron, who scored to make Boston 3 for 3 on the shootout. Thomas came up huge and made the game winning save on Danny Briere to give Boston a 3-2 shootout victory.
The Bruins take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. The Bruins are looking to sweep the season series against Toronto. In their previous five meetings this season, the Bruins are 5-0 against the Leafs and have outscored Toronto by a score of 28-10. Hopefully, the Bruins can continue this trend.