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Bruins Finally Win Again

Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins fights against Maxime Talbot #27 of the Philadelphia Flyers at the TD Garden on March 17, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

The horrid losing streak is finally over thanks to a 3-2 shootout victory over Philadelphia, but Philly still nearly pulled out an impressive victory. And with Boston so used to giving up the first two goals lately, it was refreshing to actually see Boston get on the board first for a change, thanks to Chris Kelly putting in a rebound at the 6:23 mark. Tim Thomas even made a great save when Jaromir Jagr made it through on a 1-on-0 breakaway. Later on, the Bruins padded their lead to 2-0 when Tyler Seguin took a pass point blank from behind the net and put the puck past Ilya Bryzgalov.

However, the Bruins couldn’t seal away the win, despite coming on strong. Philadelphia stepped up their defense for the rest of the game, not allowing Boston many chances. At the same time, they kept the pressure on Boston to makes stops, and clawed their way back into game with a tip-in midway through the 2nd Period and a second tip-in with 4:17 left in regulation.

Both teams did well in overtime, with each failing to provide a real threat on a chance at the period’s end. And with the skill sets of both goalies, you’d think the shootout would have been more interesting, but it was like two empty nets facing down shots. Boston put all three shots past perhaps the best goalie in the league right now, and Thomas finally managed to push one aside on Philadelphia’s third attempt to get Boston a long-awaited win.

JERRY!! JERRY!! Moment of the Game:

Without question, it has to be the 2nd Period fight. Well, it was more like Johnny Boychuk just outright slaughtering Maxime Talbot and throwing him to the ice with no resistance.

Coach’s Corner:

“We did a great job carrying the play today.” – Head Coach Claude Julien on the day’s performance, especially holding off Philadelphia’s comeback attempt.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period
6:23 BOS CHRIS KELLY (17) WRIST – ASST: B. POULIOT (13) AND B. ROLSTON (8)
17:07 BOS TYLER SEGUIN (25) WRIST – ASST: P. BERGERON (37) AND B. MARCHAND (23)
2nd Period
9:16 PHI PPG – MATT READ (20) TIP-IN – ASST: D. BRIERE (25) AND M. CARLE (31)
3rd Period
15:43 PHI JAKUB VORACEK (14) TIP-IN – ASST: B. COBURN (17) AND M. READ (21)
Overtime
NONE
Shootout
DAVID KREJCI BOS GOAL
MATT READ PHI GOAL
TYLER SEGUIN BOS GOAL
CLAUDE GIROUX PHI GOAL
PATRICE BERGERON BOS GOAL
DANNY BRIERE PHI SAVE

Penalty Summary:

1st Period
1:55 PHI ZAC RINALDO : FIGHTING (MAJ) – 5 MIN
1:55 BOS GREGORY CAMPBELL : FIGHTING (MAJ) – 5 MIN
10:37 BOS JORDAN CARON : HOOKING – 2 MIN
11:58 PHI JAROMIR JAGR : TRIPPING – 2 MIN
14:24 BOS ZDENO CHARA : TRIPPING – 2 MIN
2nd Period
1:49 PHI ZAC RINALDO : HOOKING – 2 MIN
4:08 BOS JOHNNY BOYCHUK : FIGHTING (MAJ) – 5 MIN
4:08 PHI MAXIME TALBOT : FIGHTING (MAJ) – 5 MIN
7:17 BOS TYLER SEGUIN : SLASHING – 2 MIN
3rd Period
11:04 BOS SHAWN THORNTON : INTERFERENCE ON GOALKEEPER – 2 MIN
Overtime
NONE

Goalie Stats:

Goalie Save Total TOI
PHI 30 I. BRYZGALOV (L) 31/33 64:58
BOS 30 T. THOMAS (W) 27/29 65:00

Shots on Goal:

1st 2nd 3rd OT Total
PHI 7 8 12 2 29
BOS 11 8 13 1 33

Game Notes:

  • Boston is now 27-0-0 when leading at the 2nd Intermission.
  • They’re also 15-0-0 in games where Chris Kelly scores a goal.
  • Philadelphia is now 4-10-1 in day games this season; Boston is 5-8-2.
  • A happy 33rd birthday to Andrew Ference.
  • A happy 35th birthday to Zdeno Chara this Sunday.
  • For the time being, Boston is back ahead of Ottawa (85-84), which hosts Toronto at 7:00pm.

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