PHILADELPHIA — Last night, on the same day that Marc Savard got word that his season is most likely over, the Bruins appeared to pull it together for their injured teammate.
After Jeff Carter scored a game-tying power-play goal at 0:44 of the second period, the Bruins exploded for three straight strikes to chase starting netminder Michael Leighton from the crease. In the third period, Marco Sturm added a goal on backup goalie Brian Boucher as the Bruins claimed a 5-1 win over the Flyers at the Wachovia Center.
The Bruins kicked off their three-goal second-period outburst when Dennis Seidenberg joined the rush and carried the puck down the right wing. Seidenberg spotted a seam in the slot and dished the puck to Patrice Bergeron. In turn, Bergeron gave the puck to an in-stride Mark Recchi. The ex-Flyer roofed the puck over Leighton at 4:37 to make it a 2-1 game.
Matt Hunwick helped the Bruins gain a two-goal lead when he put a shot on net from the left point. Sturm got a piece of Hunwick’s shot, and Bergeron completed the sequence by burying the rebound at 10:30.
Forty-six seconds later, the Bruins saw the last of Leighton. With the Flyers caught up ice, Blake Wheeler carried the puck down the left wing, took his time, and saw Michael Ryder cutting through the slot. Ryder took Wheeler’s feed, then sent a backhand pass across the slot to David Krejci, who flipped the puck into an open net at 11:16 of the second.
The Bruins scored the only goal of the first period. After creating a Philadelphia turnover in the defensive zone, Krejci carried the puck the other way, then flipped a pass to Wheeler. The left wing pulled the puck to his backhand and elevated a shot over Leighton under the crossbar.
Tuukka Rask made a show-stopping first-period save to keep the game scoreless. After Claude Giroux found Arron Asham at the far post, Rask slid across his crease to snatch the forward’s shot at 10:43.
All done in Philly. Bruins, 5-1.
12:35 3d period: Bruins 5-1
Patrice Bergeron abuses Chris Pronger, dancing around the Philly defenseman. Bergeron then finds Marco Sturm for the easy tap-in.
12:20 3d period: Bruins 4-1
After a Dennis Wideman cough-up, Dan Carcillo with the close-range chance. Following some post-whistle fireworks, Carcillo pushes one of the linesmen after trying to get at Matt Hunwick. Matching roughing minors for both players, while Carcillo is tagged with a 10-minute misconduct.
10:00 3d period: Bruins 4-1
Tuukka Rask gets a piece of Darroll Powe’s tip.
7:36 3d period: Bruins 4-1
Mark Stuart in the thick of the action once again. Dumps Jeff Carter. Belts Dan Carcillo, who shoves Stuart in return. Shawn Thornton intercepts Carcillo with gloves off.
5:33 3d period: Bruins 4-1
Tuukka Rask gets over to the far post to rob Simon Gagne.
4:35 3d period: Bruins 4-1
Quick whistle after Tuukka Rask covers the puck. Flyers buzzing around the net.
2:00 3d period: Bruins 4-1
Vladimir Sobotka on PP1.
1:42 3d period: Bruins 4-1
Hooking on Danny Briere. First PP for the Bruins.
20:00 2d period: Bruins 4-1
Forty minutes of thorough hockey by the Bruins. Tight defensively, timely scoring, stout goaltending.
19:08 2d period: Bruins 4-1
Good stick by Matt Hunwick busts up an odd-man rush.
18:00 2d period: Bruins 4-1
Shawn Thornton limps off after falling behind the Philly net. Looked to be favoring his right leg.
16:06 2d period: Bruins 4-1
Tuukka Rask fumbles a Chris Pronger slapper. Puck stays out.
11:16 2d period: Bruins 4-1
Blake Wheeler takes his time and finds Michael Ryder in the slot. Backhand pass to David Krejci, who buries the puck in an open net. Brian Boucher replacing Michael Leighton.
10:30 2d period: Bruins 3-1
Michael Leighton gets a piece of Marco Sturm’s tip. But Patrice Bergeron hops on the rebound and puts the puck in. Matt Hunwick with the inital shot.
7:41 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Mark Stuart vs. Ian Laperriere. Stuart gets Laperriere’s shirt over his head. Second scrap for Stuart.
6:25 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Give-and-go between Patrice Bergeron and Marco Sturm. Michael Leighton snatches Sturm’s short-range shot.
4:37 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Mark Recchi takes a pass from Patrice Bergeron and goes upstairs on Michael Leighton. Dennis Seidenberg starts the play by joining the rush on the right wing and finding a seam for Bergeron.
0:44 2d period: 1-1
Jeff Carter pounces on a giveaway and beats Tuukka Rask.
0:40 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Dennis Seidenberg off for boarding Dan Carcillo. First PP of the night.
20:00 1st period: Bruins 1-0
After a sleepy start, both clubs pick up their play later in the first.
19:30 1st preiod: Bruins 1-0
With Zdeno Chara pinching, Simon Gagne gets a partial break. Tuukka Rask pokes the puck away before Gagne can shoot.
16:45 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Brad Marchand dumps James van Riesmdyk into the Philly bench.
14:02 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Mark Stuart vs. Dan Carcillo behind the Boston net. Stuart initiates with several belts, Carcillo says yes, and both take some big swings.
13:15 1st period: Bruins 1-0
After a strong defensive play in his own zone, Blake Wheeler is rewarded at the other end. Flip by David Krejci, fake by Wheeler to the forehand, then a backhander under the crossbar.
10:43 1st period: 0-0
Show-stopping save by Tuukka Rask on Arron Asham. Slick move by Claude Giroux to open up some space and find Asham, but Rask’s glove makes sure the puck stays out.
4:45 1st period: 0-0
Ryan Parent belts David Krejci.
0:00 1st period: 0-0
Zdeno Chara is in. Jeff Penner is the healthy scratch.