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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.
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.
“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.
|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)|
|9:16||PHI||PPG – MATT READ (20) TIP-IN – ASST: D. BRIERE (25) AND M. CARLE (31)|
|15:43||PHI||JAKUB VORACEK (14) TIP-IN – ASST: B. COBURN (17) AND M. READ (21)|
|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|
|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|
|11:04||BOS||SHAWN THORNTON : INTERFERENCE ON GOALKEEPER – 2 MIN|
|PHI||30 I. BRYZGALOV (L)||31/33||64:58|
|BOS||30 T. THOMAS (W)||27/29||65:00|
Tags: Andrew Ference, Benoit Pouliot, Brad Marchand, Brian Rolston, Bruins, Chris Kelly, Claude Julien, David Krejci, Gregory Campbell, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Caron, Patrice Bergeron, Philadelphia Flyers, Shawn Thornton, Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin, Zdeno Chara