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Final: Bruins 3, Flyers 2 OT

Posted by Staff  March 17, 2012 01:05 PM

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0:00 shotout: Bruins 3, Flyers 2 David Krejci, Seguin and Bergeron scored as Thomas let in the first two before stopping Briere to give the Bruins their first win in five games.

5:00 overtime: Bruins 2, Flyers 2
Marchand, Chara, Bergeron and Thornton all had chances to end it in OT, but none could beat Bryzgalov, who seemed to get better as the game went along. We're headed to a St. Patty's Day shootout.

20:00 3rd period: Bruins 2, Flyers 2
Thomas survived a barrage of shots in the final minute to keep the Bruins in the game and secure at least one point as they head to overtime. With the point, the Bruins have regained a share of the division lead.

15:43 3rd period: Bruins 2, Flyers 2
Another tip-in goal for the Flyers, this one coming even strength. Braydon Coburn created a shooting lane for himself from the point and fired in a quick wrister that was deflected by Jakub Voracek before sneaking by Thomas.

11:04 3rd period: Bruins 2, Flyers 1
Shawn Thornton may have been looking for a little trouble and it will cost the Bruins two minutes on the penalty kill. Thornton skated into the offensive zone while the Bs were changing lines and tried taking the puck straight to net himself. But the bruiser skated in a little too hard, running over Bryzgalov in the process and was issued an interference penalty.

8:02 3rd period: Bruins 2, Flyers 1
The Bruins appear to be playing the third period much more like they played the first: Quick breakout, sound defense and pressure in front of the Flyers' net. Segiun and Bergeron continue to create scoring chances while the Bs look for a little security.

20:00 2nd period: Bruins 2, Flyers 1
Shots were evenly split in the second, 8-8, but the Flyers' power play goal put them within one entering the third. It's worth noting that the Bruins haven't lost this season (26-0-0) when entering the third with a lead, but anything is certainly possible, especially given the way the Bs have stumbled over the last few weeks. Thomas has 15 saves through two.

15:06 2nd period: Bruins 2, Flyers 1
The Flyers' official Twitter account reports that defenseman Andreas Lilja, who took a puck to the throat in the first period, will not return and is being evaluated.

9:16 2nd period: Bruins 2, Flyers 1
After a questionable Seguin slashing penalty put the Flyers on the power play, Danny Briere launched a one-timer from the point that was redirected by Matt Read for Philly's first goal. Greg Zanon had position on Read in front of the net, but Read stuck his stick out just enough to make contact.

4:08 2nd period: Bruins 2, Flyers 0
Johnny Boychuk just introduced Maxime Talbot to the TD Garden ice. The two were scrapping after a whistle and decided to drop the gloves, but it lasted all of five seconds before two quick Boychuk punches sent Talbot to his back. All this fighting is energizing and fun for the fans, but it does create more ice time for the five other defensemen on a fatigued squad.

1:49 2nd period: Bruins 2, Flyers 0
Wow, what an opening shift for the Bruins. The Seguin-Bergeron-Brad Marchand line continues to bring the heat today, keeping the pressure on Bryzgalov and inducing a Flyers penalty early in the second. Time for the power play.

20:00 1st period: Bruins 2, Flyers 0
This is what Bruins fans have wanted: It wasn't perfect, but for a Flyers/Bruins game, it was as good of a first period as you can ask for. The penalty kill was excellent, Seguin and Kelly put away the two best scoring chances and the entire lineup seems to be playing with a lot of energy. As Julien said, these guys might be fatigued, but winning produces energy. Now, to keep this pace for 40 more minutes...

17:07 1st period: Bruins 2, Flyers 0
Can't ask for much more from the Bs so far in this one. After killing a penalty, Bergeron skated hard around the Flyers' net and left a pass for Tyler Seguin, who needed just a quick smack to beat Bryzgalov five-hole. That's 25 goals now for the 20-year-old in his electric sophomore campaign.

16:20 1st period: Bruins 1, Flyers 0
The Bruins 2-2 box on the penalty kill was quite effective, as the Flyers never got a clean look on Thomas.

14:08 1st period: Bruins 1, Flyers 0
Welcome back, Tim Thomas. If you were thinking he might be a little chilly in his own end after the Bruins have controlled most of the period, think again. Thomas snatched a Eric Wellwood slapper out of the air to stop a shorthanded opportunity, then denied Jagr - who was all alone after jumping out of the penalty box - on a breakaway chance. Jagr was waiting for Thomas to bite, but the goalie never did and Jagr had to fire a weak wrister.

11:58 1st period: Bruins 1, Flyers 0
Not even Jaromir Jagr is getting away with that: The 40-year-old lost the puck on the boards and decided to trip up the Bruins defender, thus ending the Flyers power play and giving the Bruins their first.

11:06 1st period: Bruins 1, Flyers 0
Patrice Bergeron almost had his second shorty of the season, but Bryzgalov made a nice stop on a wide open look from the slot.

10:37 1st period: Bruins 1, Flyers 0
The Flyers finally set up in the offensive zone and nearly got a good look on Thomas, but Jordan Caron took a hooking penalty to make sure the shot never got taken. The Bruins penalty kill is tied for ninth in the NHL, while the Flyers power play is tied for fifth.

6:23 1st period: Bruins 1, Flyers 0
For the first time in eight days, the Bruins have scored first. They've gotten the better of the play in the early going and Chris Kelly scored his 17th goal of the season, but just his third in the last 27 games. Kelly played a pass to Benoit Pouliot, who brought the puck into the offensive zone and fired a quick wrist shot. Ilya Bryzgalov made the initial save, but Kelly was crashing the net and put away the rebound. The Flyers have yet to record a shot on goal.

1:55 1st period: Flyers 0, Bruins 0
It didn't take long for a fight between two teams who really enjoy each others' company. Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with Zac Rinaldo, and while both made contact on a haymaker, this fight was too close to call. Zdeno Chara and Scott Hartnell might be next.

The Bruins are hosting the Flyers for a St. Patty's Day affair at the TD Garden today and, as coach Claude Julien put it, the Bs need this win "and everyone knows it." They've lost seven of their last 10 and four in a row. Tim Thomas has the nod between the pipes as he looks to improve on his last four games, when he's allowed 15 goals over 158 minutes.

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