After the Bruins got squashed by the Columbus Blue Jackets during their exhibition game, the Boston Bruins looked like they were on a mission in the first period of their round-robin game against the Philadelphia Flyers to not suffer the same result.
Bruins Hot Start
During the first period, the Bruins went out all cylinders firing. The team controlled puck possession and was able to pin the Flyers in their defensive zone for most of the first period. Charlie Coyle had the best scoring chance when he broke into the bottom of the circle and proceeded to shoot right into Carter Hart’s pad. The high-quality shot caused a rebound for Coyle to have another excellent chance. Philadelphia, on the other hand, did not have much offensive success, as they were outshot 12 to 6.
Flyers Excellent Second Period
The Flyers flipped their offensive switch entering the second period. To start off, the Flyers playoff goal-scoring Travis Sanheim gave a sweet saucer pass to Michael Raffl. Raffl then converted on the pass to scored a crafty backhand goal. This goal was scored 5 minutes and 33 seconds into the period.
Almost four minutes later, Nate Thompson rifled a shot over the right shoulder of Jaroslav Halak, giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead. The Flyers continued to apply offensive zone pressure throughout the rest of the second period but weren’t able to crack Halak until the final minute of the period.
Chris Wagner of the Bruins finally scored a goal, Carter Hart, to get within one goal. Eight seconds later the Flyers struck right back with a goal from Philippe Myers. Myers skated into the Bruins zone after the face-off win. He rifled a wrist shot right over the shoulder of Halak and into the back of the net. Philadelphia had a fantastic period by outshooting the Bruins 11-8 and scoring three goals.
Flyers Continued Dominance
The Flyers entered the third period with a two-goal lead. Instead of playing a very defensive style of play that most teams play when protecting a lead the Flyers came out firing. Scott Laughton scored a goal four minutes into the third period. Laughton broke into the offensive zone with teammate Travis Konecny and shot a laser over Jaroslav Halak’s shoulder into the top corner. After the Laughton goal, the Bruins started to put some pressure on the Flyers defensive. The Bruins were able to get fifteen shots on net during the third period but they could not solve Carter Hart.
Player of the Game
The Flyers had a lot of players that contrived to the win but no players played better than twenty-one-year-old Carter Hart. Hart played amazing in his first career playoff appearance. Carter Hart stopped 34 out of 35 shots that he faced.
While the Bruins and Flyers provided an entertaining game to watch there were lots of sloppy plays by both teams. As the teams get more games under there belt these mistakes will go away. Right now the Flyers look poised to contend for a Stanley cup due to strong goaltending and defense. The Bruins, on the other hand, have definitely got to figure how to get back to their previous dominant play.
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