Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins
3-2, Bruins (shootout)
Goals: Chris Kelly (Boston), Tyler Seguin (Boston), Matt Read (Philadelphia), Jakub Voracek (Philadelphia), plus David Krejci, Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron (all Boston) and Matt Read and Claude Giroux (Philadelphia) in the shootout
Goalies: Tim Thomas (27/29, .931% plus a shootout save), Ilya Bryzgalov (31/33, .939%, plus no shootout saves)
WOW. Despite all the things stacked up against the Bruins–matinee, thirds, Bryz being a darn good goalie lately–the home team pulled out a W. Sure, it had to come in a shootout, but the Bruins are good in the shootout. (Whenever Thomas has been between the pipes for one, we’ve won. This pattern continues.)
Defensive interesting things: Joe Corvo was scratched–they said he was a little banged up–and Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg were reunited. I say stay the course with both of these things. The team is rolling with eight D now, including Mike Mottau, who has had little time to attempt to prove himself. Meanwhile, Corvo is prone to mistakes, and the 33-44 pairing was a decision made during the playoffs after the first two Habs games went badly. Obviously, things turned around. Keep the two alliterative numbers together!
On St. Patrick’s Day in Boston, or Ireland, it’s not really a good idea to wear orange due to the associations with unionism (I could go way, way deeper into detail about that; in college I studied the Troubles, including in Ireland and Northern Ireland, but I will not). So maybe the Flyers knew they were coming into hostile territory. Gregory Campbell took on Zac Rinaldo when less than two minutes had elapsed in the first period:
In the second period, Johnny Boychuk was apparently getting yapped at by Max Talbot, so he put a stop to that.
It was great to see Chris Kelly score and then for this beautiful line to extend the lead via a Tyler Seguin goal:
Tim Thomas stayed perfect in extra time games with another shootout win. Sure, two of Philadelphia’s shooters scored, but three of Boston’s did, and that’s what matters.
To be honest, it’s nice to put lots of pictures of happy things in a gamer again. It had been a while…
Oh look, in the third period the refs decided to be garbage! They hadn’t been garbage too much before then. But then Shawn Thornton was pushed into the goal–kind of like Bobby Orr after he scored his famous goal–and got whistled for a goaltender interference call that he certainly did not believe he deserved. He expressed his disbelief with a certain four-letter word that was very easily audible on live TV.
Also in the third, it looked as if luck was starting to run out for the Bruins. Chances died before they could become goals, the Flyers tied it late…thankfully there was just a little more luck left for the overtime session, huh?
vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Okay, the Leafs tend to bring out the best in the Bruins…they’re 5-0 against them so far this season and have won every game by scoring at least four goals. Is it now safe to be hopeful?