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Playing in Boston for the first time since their unbelievable comeback in last year’s playoffs, the Philadelphia Flyers entered hostile territory in the TD Garden on Saturday night.
“I felt like (the fans) wanted to get back at us for what happened last year,” Philly goalie Brian Boucher said. “It definitely had that playoff feel. It’s a great atmosphere.”
The playoff-like atmosphere lived up to its billing, as the Flyers took down the Bruins 2-1 in overtime.
James van Riemsdyk scored his fifth goal of the season to open the scoring in the second period, giving Philly a 1-0 lead.
Down 1-0 deep in the third period, Nathan Horton lit the lamp to tie the game, and the Bruins held on to earn the point, but they wanted more, of course. Horton now has 11 goals.
In the overtime period, however, the Flyers showed they wanted it more. Philly fired seven shots at Tim Thomas, and Mike Richards finally got one by him seconds before the end of overtime, giving them the win. Thomas finished with 31 saves.
In the second period, Flyers forward Jody Shelley shoved defenseman Adam McQuaid off his skates, knocking the Bruin on his back. He was down for a few minutes and had to be helped off the ice. Shelley received a five-minute major and a game misconduct penalty.
During the five-minute power play, the B’s managed just five shots and did not score.
“When I was coming off the ice, he was waiting for me there,” said McQuaid, who returned in the third period. “He said he was sorry and he didn’t mean to, so I’ve just got to take what he says.”
Regardless of the intent with the hit, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren believes Shelley will be suspended for one game, Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia reported on Sunday.
As for the Bruins, the next game is on Wednesday against the Sabres, a team the Bruins have beat twice this season. Tyler Seguin, who missed Saturday’s game with the flu, could return against Buffalo.