The Bruins suddenly remembered how to score goals and lit up Philadelphia Flyers goalie, Michal Neuvirth for 6 goals as Boston cruised to a 6-3 victory Saturday afternoon.
The game started out with an early goal from Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and the Flyers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. The Bruins had a really slow start and couldn’t generate must zone time in the first half of the opening period, but Brad Marchand lifted their spirits with a short-handed goal to tie the game 1-1.
The second period is where the Bruins took off as it was a red light party for them. David Krejci kicked off the scoring with a power play goal and Torey Krug followed with his 3rd goal in 3 games. Brayden Schenn burried a power play goal for the Flyers, but the Bruins got a 5 minute power play from a boarding penalty on Jake Voracek, and didn’t waste the opportunity. Patrice Bergeron got a lucky tip off a Flyers defender and the puck went top shelf to extend the Bruins’ lead to 4-2.
Zdeno Chara kept the party going on a beautiful one-timer from David Pastrnak and the Bruins were seemingly running away with this game, up 5-2 late in the second period. The Flyers got a 5-on-3 opportunity late in the period and Wayne Simmonds was able to put one in the back of the net with 4 seconds remaining to give Philadelphia faith heading into the final period.
Unfortunately for them, the Bruins focused on lock down defense in the third and there wasn’t much action at all as the only goal scored was an empty netter from Brad Marchand for his 2nd of the game (17th of the season).
The Bruins outshot the Flyers 39 to 24 and just abused Flyer’s goalie Michal Neuvirth, who was playing because starter, Steve Mason, has been struggling as of late. Philadelphia continues to struggle, but the Bruins needed a spirited performance after the loss to Nashville on Thursday, and they came ready to play.
Boston will be looking to keep scoring goals on Monday’s afternoon matchup with the New York Islanders, while the Flyers will try to end their struggles as they head to Washington to play a red hot Capitals team in their arena.