Rapid Reaction: Bruins 3, Flyers 0
March, 9, 2013
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins scored three goals within a 2:18 span in the first period, an advantage that proved to be more than enough in a 3-0 shutout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at TD Garden.
On Tuesday, the Bruins had a 3-0 lead against the Washington Capitals and eventually lost 4-3 in overtime at Verizon Center. They didn’t have the same problems holding that lead Saturday in the first of three games against the Flyers this season, Tuukka Rask making 23 saves to improve his record to 12-2-3. It was his second shutout of the season and the first time since the epic 2010 playoff collapse that he faced the Flyers.
The Bruins got goals from Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille.
The Bruins started off slugging, taking nearly 11 minutes before they registering their first shot on net. Boston gained its first power play of the game at 11:12 of the opening period and the Bruins capitalized on their man-advantage.
The Bruins’ Milan Lucic made a sweet, no-look, backhand pass through the crease and found Seguin waiting on the off-post to give Boston a 1-0 lead at 11:53. It was Seguin’s eighth goal of the season.
That goal energized the Bruins and they finished the period strong with another two goals.
Bruins forward Jordan Caron, who was recalled from Providence on Friday and made his seasonal debut against the Flyers, was playing on the Bruins’ third line with Rich Peverley and Kelly. That line created sustained pressure in the offensive zone when Peverley made a pass to Caron, breaking to the net. He missed the pass at first but recovered the puck in the corner and fed Kelly, who was camped out in the slot to give Boston a 2-0 lead at 13:28 of the first.
Less than a minute later, the Bruins added to their lead when Paille notched his fourth goal of the season at 14:11 to give Boston a 3-0 advantage.
With the win, the Bruins improve to 16-3-3 for 35 points.
* SAVE OF THE GAME: Belongs to Seguin, not Rask. With the Bruins on the power play in the waning minutes of regulation, the Flyers had a short-handed opportunity when Rask came out of the net to charge a loose puck. Philadelphia gained control and shot at the open net, but Seguin sprawled out to make the save and preserve the shutout.
* SCARY MOMENT: In the middle of the second period, Bruins centerman David Krejci suffered what appeared to be an upper-body injury. He was in obvious pain, dropping his stick and quickly skating off the ice. A team doctor and trainers tended to Krejci down the runway behind the Bruins’ bench. Gregory Campbell replaced Krejci for one shift before he was able to return. Krejci finished the period and missed the first five minutes of the third period but finished the game.
* ABOUT TIME: Ever since the Bruins selected Caron in the first round (25th overall) of the 2009 NHL draft, the organization has been waiting for him to make an impact at the NHL level. The 22-year-old forward has shown glimpses in his previous 71 career games for the Bruins, but he hasn’t been consistent enough to stick in Boston. Prior to his recall from Providence on Friday, he’s spent the entire season in the AHL. Bruins coach Claude Julien said Caron would be a game-time decision, but once he was given the opportunity, he played well.
* DROP ‘EM: With Boston holding a 3-0 led in the second period, the Flyers’ Zac Rinaldo demolished defenseman Johnny Boychuk with a clean body check. Teammate Shawn Thornton jumped in and dropped the gloves with Rinaldo. Thornton connected on a few good punches before the Flyers’ forward fell to the ice.
* MILESTONE: With his assist on Kelly’s goal in the first period, Peverley registered his 200th career point in the NHL. The Bruins acquired Peverley from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler on Feb. 18, 2011. Peverley then helped Boston win the Stanley Cup later that spring. He registered four goals and eight assists for 12 points in 25 playoffs games in 2011. Overall, Peverley has 74 goals and 126 assists for 200 points in 355 games in the NHL.
* UP NEXT: The Bruins will play their next two games on the road, beginning Monday at Ottawa. Boston will then play the Penguins at Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The Bruins will be back on home ice when they host the Florida Panthers on Thursday night (7:05) at the Garden.