The Boston Bruins(42-15-8) were able to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers(34-23-11) off a late goal from the king himself, Brad Marchand. The B’s extended their record on the homestand to 5-0-0 and they have been without Patrice Bergeron, Charlie McAvoy, and David Backes.
The first period was somewhat crazy. Kevan Miller got called for high-sticking Wayne Simmonds which put Philly on the power play for four minutes as Simmonds was bleeding. Philly managed to score quickly on the first half of the power play when Jakub Voracek buried a sick feed from rookie Nolan Patrick.
Philly failed to score on the second half of the power play and the Bruins began to pick up the pace once the penalty was killed. About halfway through the period, Riley Nash was able to jam the puck past Lyon for his 13th goal of the season to tie the game at one a piece.
Right before the end of the period, Brian Gionta was able to pick up a feed from Zdeno Chara for a breakaway goal. This was Gionta’s first goal as a Bruin and it was a beauty.
The B’s held the 2-1 lead over the Flyers heading into the second period.
First Period Scoring Summary
Jakub Voracek(16)-Assisted by Nolan Patrick(12) and Claude Giroux(57)
Riley Nash(13)-Assisted by David Pastrnak(39) and Kevan Miller(10)
Brian Gionta(1)-Assisted by Zdeno Chara(14) and Tommy Wingels(7)
The second period was full of ups and downs. Horrendous calls made by the referees on both sides and plenty of missed opportunities for the teams to score. About seven minutes into the second period, Jori Lehtera was able to slip the puck through Rask’s five-hole to tie the game at two.
This is definitely a goal Tuukka Rask should’ve stopped and definitely a goal he’ll want back. Lehtera’s goal was the only one scored in the period and the Bruins and Flyers headed into the third period tied at two a piece.
Second Period Scoring Summary
Jori Lehtera(3)-Assisted by Valtteri Filppula(20) and Radko Gudas(9)
The third period was about the same as the second. Referees were making bogus calls as well as missing many calls. The teams did get more scoring chances in the third though and each team failed to cash in many times. At 22 seconds left in the third period, the king of clutch, Brad Marchand, jammed the puck past Lyon to win it for Boston in regulation.
Third Period Scoring Summary
Brad Marchand(29)-Assisted by David Pastrnak(40) and Zdeno Chara(15)
Analysis and Thoughts
Brad Marchand has long been one of the NHL’s pests, but when it comes to scoring goals he is one of the best in the league. So far this season, he has 7 game-winning-goals and has scored the winning goal for the B’s in the past three games(MTL, DET, PHI). Even without his partner in crime, Patrice Bergeron, Marchand has managed to put the team on his back and get the job done.
This was also a great game from Marchand’s linemates Pastrnak and Riley Nash who have also stepped up their game in the absence of Bergeron. This team keeps finding ways to win and has adapted the “next man up” mentality which has helped them win games. Newcomers Brian Gionta, Tommy Wingels, Rick Nash, and Nick Holden have also made a nice impact to the Bruins lineup which is great to see.
All in all this team has been fantastic this season and has exceeded our expectations in every aspect of the game. This game against Philadelphia shows that the B’s are ready to take on anything that comes their way and are ready to overcome any setbacks.
The Bruins will be in action again on Saturday, March 10, at 1 PM against the Chicago Blackhawks to open up the home-and-home series.
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