December 17, 2011

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Flyers

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS – 5
PHI – 0

SHOTS
BOS – 27
PHI – 23

Twenty minutes to go down in Philly where the Bruins have upped their lead to five goals over the Flyers.

Nathan Horton had the only strike of the middle frame. Bryzgalov made an initial stop on a shot from the point by Chara, but No. 18 picked up the rebound and tucked it into the net to make it 5-0.

The goal was Boston’s third power-play tally of the game and gave Chara a Gordie Howe hat trick.

Horton got into a scrap with Zac Rinaldo late in the period. It began when the Flyers forward sandwiched him and linemate Milan Lucic came over and blasted Rinaldo into the boards. Rinaldo earned the win in the bout, while Lucic was given the gate via a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

Ten Bruins have already racked up points in this one. Peverley leads the way a trio of assists, while Joe Corvo and Chara each have two points apiece.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS – 4
PHI – 0

SHOTS
BOS – 16
PHI – 14

After a dominant opening frame, the Bruins will take a 4-0 lead into the second period over Boston.

Benoit Pouliot got the Bruins off on the right foot almost instantaneously. Rich Peverley found his linemate open and No. 67 beat Ilya Bryzgalov just 27 seconds into the game.

Flyers enforcer Jody Shelley challenged Zdeno Chara (back in the lineup, in case you were wondering) less than two minutes later, and the Bruins captain eventually dropped gloves and earned an indisputable victory in the fight.

Just 37 ticks later, Dan Paille buried his third goal in the last two games, putting Boston up 2-0.

The Bruins went on the power play when Philly was guilty of too many men at 7:59 and, just nine seconds into the man advantage, a slapper from Chara sailed through traffic and by Bryzgalov to make it 3-0.

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette elected to not make a goaltending change. Philly picked up the pace and closed the wide gap in shots, but another power-play strike for the B’s put them down by four.

With Scott Hartnell in the box for tripping and Braydon Coburn beside him after air-mailing the puck from end to the other over the glass (delay of game), Boston buried their first 5-on-3 goal of the campaign when Milan Lucic tipped in a shot by Joe Corvo.

Things got extra feisty over the final few minutes. Johnny Boychuk dropped the gloves after Scott Hartnell charged at Brad Marchand. The Bruins d-man was given a questionable game misconduct penalty.

After Tim Thomas made a barrel-roll style stop, Jakub Voracek came crashing the net and Rich Peverley took umbrage. Both forwards were given roughing penalties.