Final, Bruins win, 3-0: The Bruins were out-hit but not out-hustled in a physical battle on Saturday afternoon, avoiding too many visits to the penalty box against the Flyers' potent power play.
- Tuukka Rask played a solid game in net, making 23 saves for his second shutout of the season, but the Bruins didn't need him to do too much in this one as three first-period goals, scored within 150 seconds of each other, made the difference.
- Jordan Caron played well in his debut on the third line for the demoted Chris Bourque. Caron dished out an assist and created frequent scoring chances, often while matched up against the Flyers' top line.
- Shawn Thornton made fist-imprints in Zac Rinaldo's face during a second-period fight. Thornton said Rinaldo was doing a little too much hitting, even though "it was all clean," and Thornton was hoping to change the momentum.
- Thornton, casually (as always), on his fight with Rinaldo: "As far as getting the gloves off or whatever? It’s just reacting to the hit. I thought they were running around a little bit and I thought maybe I’d address it."
- Coach Claude Julien on keeping the Flyers' power play unit off the ice: "It was important but at the same time I thought the referees did a good job tonight of letting the game be played. Certainly there were some calls on both sides that could have been called but they chose to let the game be played. And I thought it gave the game a good pace."
- Flyers forward Danny Briere on the Flyers losing record (11-14-1): "I really feel we have the team to be competitive for the long run. We just have to find a way to get out of this mess."
The Bruins improve to 16-3-3, including a 8-2-1 record at home.
18:00 in 3rd, Bruins 3-0: The Bruins were on the power play here late when a Flyers clearance almost led to a breakaway chance. Rask left his net and met the puck above the left circle. He attempted to whack it away but the puck never left the zone and the Flyers regained possession with Rask away from the net. Seguin appeared from the right side to cover, making a diving save with his legs.
15:45 in 3rd period, Bruins 3-0: The Flyers kept the puck in the offensive zone for all but five seconds on the power play, but Rask survived his first true test of the day. The Finn will earn his second shutout of the season if the Bruins can put the lid on this one.
12:00 in 3rd period, Bruins 3-0: I was just saying how the Bruins did a great job of staying out of the box against one of the league's best power-play units. Then Caron takes a slashing penalty. Bruins kill this, then smooth sailing for six minutes?
6:59 in 3rd period, Bruins 3-0: Horton continues to create offense, setting Lucic up with a chance at one-timer. But Lucic couldn't corral the puck in time and his shot sailed wide.
2:47 in 3rd period, Bruins 3-0: Horton with a fancy dangle through the slot that creates an open look for Zdeno Chara, whose wrister is snatched by Bryzgalov's glove. An incredible save for sure. Two periods too late?
end of 2nd, Bruins 3-0: The Bruins picked up the intensity in the later portions of the period, with scoring chances a plenty, though none set off the sirens. Horton has been getting beat up this game, and it seems like he's had enough of it. Horton retaliated a little after getting cross-checked in the back coming through the crease, but no penalties were given. It seems like the Bruins are in control here, but Rask hasn't been tested yet and if one goes by him you never know what could happen.
14:51 in 2nd period, Bruins 3-0: For all the talk of getting Seguin to the dirty areas, the silky playmaker just took a beating for skating through heavy traffic in the slot, but nearly put away a one-timer in the process. His shot ringed off the post and he skated slowly off the ice.
11:05 in 2nd period, Bruins 3-0: UFC should get Shawn Thornton involved when he retires. In an R-rated scene, Thornton hammered Zac Rinadlo with upper-cuts and haymakers after Rinaldo trucked over Boychuk in the Bruins end. To the sin bin they go.
5:58 in 2nd period, Bruins 3-0: Another slow start to a period here. The Flyers have carried much of the possession but haven't yet recorded a shot on goal. Nathan Horton, who was sidelined most of last season after suffering a mild concussion in a January game against the Flyers, was punished by Nicklas Grossman during a head-on collision. He bounced right back up.
end of 1st, Bruins 3-0: The Bruins have six shots on net. They also have three goals. There's something to be said for the ability to finish your chances. It looked like Bryzgalov might get the Jacob Markstrom treatment (the Florida Panthers goalie was pulled after two shots on Thursday night), but Laviolette stuck with his starter Backup Brian Boucher has a 2.50 goals-against average and .891 save percentage in four games this year.
14:11 in 1st period, Bruins 3-0: Wow that happened fast. A textbook stick-lift from Gregory Campbell at the Flyers' blue line led to a breakaway chance for Daniel Paille. Paille went backhand through Bryzgalov's five-hole. The look on Peter Laviolette's face immediately afterward was worth a second look.
13:28 in 1st period, Bruins 2-0: Welcome back, Jordan Caron. Instant chemistry with Kelly and Peverly. Caron swings around the corner to find Kelly skating free through the slot and he buried the chance.
11:53 in 1st period, Bruins 1-0: The Bruins' power play did what the Flyers' couldn't: Put one away with the extra man. Tyler Seguin picked up his eighth goal of the season when a Milan Lucic pass bounced off Bryzgalov's leg-pad and left Seguin with an open look.
11:20 in 1st period, 0-0: The Bruins first real chance comes from a Boychuk pass from the point that left Nathan Horton with a wide-open look at the net, but he couldn't quite swing his body around as the pass sailed behind him.
9:03 in 1st period, 0-0: Jordan Caron's first NHL game of the 2013 season has started well. There have been just two shots on net thus far and one of them was off the stick of Caron, who fired a wrister from the slot that was knocked away by Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.
4:00 in 1st period, 0-0: The Bruins killed the penalty without a shot on net. Scott Hartnell slammed Johnny Boychuk into boards from behind as Boychuk tried fishing out a loose puck. The Bruins defenseman fell flat on the ice but got back up seconds later.
1:04 in 1st period, 0-0: David Krejci sent to the box just 1:04 in and already we’ll get a chance to see the Flyers potent power play at work. Their extra-man advantage has cashed in 23.3 percent of the time this year, fifth best in the NHL. The Bruins penalty kill is first in the NHL with a 91.9 percent success rate.
Welcome to TD Garden where blood is almost certain to be shed between the Flyers (third in the league with 19 fighting majors) and the Bruins (sixth in the league with 16). Both teams have had trouble holding leads in the third period lately.
Jordan Caron is making his season debut for the Bruins, taking the place of Chris Bourque on the third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. Caron initially struggled with Providence, but coach Claude Julien said he's received glowing reports on Caron's play over the last six games or so.
Tuukka Rask is between the pipes for the Bruins, facing the Flyers for the first time since conceding a 3-0 series lead only to get bounced in the 2010 playoffs. It's hard to think Rask wouldn't have played the Flyers at some point over the past three years, but Tim Thomas has been in net each time these two teams have squared off.