Saturday, March 11, 2017 TD Garden Boston MA The puck drops and immediately the play is in the Flyers defensive zone where Matt Beleskey knocks Shane Gostisbehere on his backside as he tries to clear his defensive zone.
The crowd went crazy as play continued down to Tuukka Rask who stopped the Flyers on a rush. 2:02 Brandon Manning made the mistake of trying to avenge the hit on Gostisbehere with Matt Beleskey who clearly won the bout with a TKO, knocking Manning on his ass with one of three lefts thrown.
With the fight over, Beleskey made his way to the box and gave the old PJ Stock gesture to the crowd, creating a frenzy in the Garden. Matching majors.
5:39 The Bruins had the power play as Radko Gudas threw his knee out to trip Brad Marchand. Dangerous play and may get a closer look by the league. But it’s Marchand, so that probably won’t happen. 0/1 PP 2 shots for the Bruins.
Jakob Voracek caught the Bruins on a line change and walked in alone, and almost getting the Flyers on the board. The play was whistled dead when Bradon Schenn poked the puck past the goal line. The Flyers protested the quick whistle, getting the play reviewed – no goal.
A few minutes later David Pastrnak split two defensemen, but the play was stopped by Steve Mason.
14:08 Flyer power play from a Brandon Carlo hook on Wayne Simmonds. 14:25 Less than a minute into the power play, Marchand picked up a high stick call on Shane Gostisbehere. Five-on-three Flyers.
Rask denied Simmonds on a spectacular play as the Bruins got one player back. The Bruins killed the power play.
17:06 Bruins power play as Travis Kocecney tripped Colin Miller.
The Bruins capitalized on the power play with a goal scored by David Pasternak, his 28th from Patrice Bergeron (27).
END OF FIRST PERIOD 1-0 BRUINS
Second period; A different game. 18:33 in the period Jordan Weal scored his third goal of the season from Wayne Simmonds (18) and Claude Giroux (35). The puck squirted out to him through the crowd in front of Tuukka Rask. Brandon Carlo tried to help, playing goaltender on one knee,but could not stop the shot to tie the game at 1-1.
This period was hard to watch on many levels. We picture this team as a playoff contender, but if this team continues to take a period off and need to depend solely on goal-tending then its a bad sign. The Flyers dominated the second period. If not for Rask, this would be a laugher as their postseason chances would be without him.
The Bruins only offense was the David Pastrnak and David Krejci line, providing sparks and tremendous pure skill abilities. This was a sight to see, especially when the first line couldn’t get going. But all the glitter and dazzle resulted in nothing as numerous missed nets were again the story.
END OF SECOND PERIOD SCORE MIRACULOUSLY 1-1
Third period; A different game again. The Bruins came out and stopped the bleeding. They fought hard for lose pucks and were opportunistic throughout the period, but Steve Mason was as advertised.
The Krejci/Pastrnak clinic continued with ease. These two were dynamic at loose puck battles setting each other up for one timers that just missed or blocked in front.
19:54 Drew Stafford entered the Flyers zone, stopped with the puck, spun the other way throwing the puck at the net in the waning seconds. Flyer Brandon Manning, on the defense of the shot, inadvertently deflected the puck in his own net. Stafford’s first as Bruin and 6th on the year and Miller credited with his eighth helper.
This ended the game with the Bruins getting the much-needed two points as well a great win at home.
- Shots 27 apiece
- Bruins F/O 56% – 44%
- Power play Bruins 1/3 – Flyers 0/2
- Drew Stafford (GWG)
- Tuukka Rask (26 saves)
- Steve Mason (25 saves)
Where – Vancouver
When – 10:00PM EST
Listen – 98.5 FM Boston
Watch – NESN