The Philadelphia Flyers have been in a massive slump since the beginning of March, but they bounce back huge Saturday afternoon with a huge win over the Boston Bruins.
won the opening draw. Then 17 seconds in, Matt Grzelcyk shot was blocked by Ivan Provorov, and Provorov went right down. He was holding his knee where there was no padding, which got hit. Provorov got himself up, thankfully, and limped off the ice. It was a very scary sight seconds into the game.
The Flyers would then turn the puck over as Brad Marchand stole the puck from Shayne Gostisbehere, and got the puck to Patrice Bergeron, who shot it past Brian Elliot and into the net. One of the biggest problem with the Flyers is early turnovers leading into early goals. The Flyers are always playing catchup, and are never able to catch up.
10 minutes through, and it was all Boston. The Bruins had a goal on seven shots. While the Flyers had one shot. This has been yet another problem, the Flyers can’t shoot.
Literall 15 seconds after I typed that, Travis Konecny fired a wrist shot to tie it up off of Robert Hagg’s shot that hit off of Jeremy Swayman’s blocker. TK has been very hot as of late. He hasn’t been scoring goals, but he’s racking up on those assists.
Off of almost every Bruins shot, Elliot would give up a juicy rebound. Fortunately, Boston wasn’t able to capitalize on them, but it was definitely notable.
Lauzon heads to the sin bin for roughing as he takes a late shot at TK. Just a few seconds into the Flyers power play, TK shot a beautiful pass to Gostisbehere, who shot it in to make it 2-1. TK was a huge part to the success of the first period.
Flyers: 7 shots on goal, 10 hits, 10 faceoffs won, 0 penalty minutes.
Bruins: 11 shots on goal, 13 hits, 11 faceoffs won, 2 penalty minutes.
After the slow start, the Flyers picked up speed. It is the Flyers’ first lead at the first intermission since March 15, which was 13 games ago. After 20 minutes done, the Flyers lead 2-1.
Bergeron won the opening faceoff to start the second period.
TK would then force another penalty, this time a holding penalty on Connor Clifton. Nolan Patrick would then take an obvious tripping penalty. There were 22 seconds on four-on-four time, until Clifton’s penalty expired. Flyers were able to kill off Patrick’s penalty, so bot power plays were killed.
Travis Sanhiem would be called for holding Jake DeBrusk’s stick. Bruins went to their first power play. The Bruins were 10-for-21 on the power play against the Flyers this season, until the Flyers killed off this one.
Right after the Flyers killed the Bruins’ power play, a tip try by Charlie Coyle was shut down and went to Craig Smith, who made a nice backhand drop pass to the slot for Jake DeBrusk, who slapped it in the net to tie this one up at two.
Flyers: 7 shots on goal, 7 hits, 11 faceoffs won, 2 penalty minutes.
Bruins: 11 shots on goal, 3 hits, 5 faceoffs won, 2 penalty minutes.
End of 40 minutes of play, the Flyers and Bruins are dead locked at two.
Joel Farabee, who’s been struggling as of late, shot a pass to Sean Courtier, who tapped it in to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead.
Kevin Hayes off to the box for cross-checking. Flyers killed the Bruins power play.
Quick update, Provorov did come back in the game after his injury. He came out firing and aggressive. He would get called for tripping. Flyers killed it off
Gostisbehere would put up point shot that got tipped by Jakub Voracek and leaked through Swayman. The Bruins then challenged for goalie interference. And after review, there was goalie interference. No goal. It remained 3-2.
Bruins pulled their goalie for the extra skater with one minute left.
The Flyers were able to hold on for the win.
Flyers: 23 shots on goal, 24 hits, 28 faceoffs won, 8 penalty minutes.
Bruins: 32 shots on goal, 20 hits, 29 faceoffs won, 4 penalty minutes.
- Travis Konecny (1 goal and 1 assist)
- Brian Elliott (30 saves)
- Sean Couturier (1 goal)
The 19-15-6 Flyers face the 9-25-6 Buffalo Sabres Sunday at 2:00 P.M. E.S.T.