BRUINS 21-7-4 (46 pts) vs. FLYERS 13-17-3 (29 pts)
3:32 p.m. - Postgame Snapshots: FINAL PHI 3, BOS 1
B's Fall to Flyers: With the loss to the Flyers, the B's record falls to 21-8-4 (46 pts). The Bruins will look to get back on track tomorrow in Buffalo against the Sabres in a Northeast Division tilt scheduled to start at 7:30 pm ET.
Rask Pulled for the Extra Man: In an effort to generate offense, Coach Claude Julien opted to pull Tuukka Rask with 1:37 remaining to give the B's an extra man. The Bruins, however, were unable to sustain enough pressure and the Flyers were able to clinch the game with an empty net goal from Ruslan Fedetenko for his second goal of the year.
Horton Scores: Nathan Horton served as the catalyst for his goal streaking through the neurtal zone leading the Bruins attack. After gaining entry into the Philadelphia zone, Horton threw a pass to Dennis Seidenberg the length of the blueline on the opposite side of the ice. Seidenberg wasted no time and ripped a slapshot on the Fylers' net from just above the faceoff circle. Horton, reading the impending shot from Seidenberg, broke to the net and scooped up and poured in the rebound to cut the Flyers lead to one just five minutes into the third. That goal was Horton's 10th with Seidenberg notching his eighth assist of the season.
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Next Game: The Bruins have a quick turnaround and will play again tomorrow against the Sabres in Buffalo with puck drop scheduled for 7:30 pm ET.
2:39 p.m. - 2nd Intermission Snapshots: PHI 2, BOS 0
B's Outshooting Philly: Though the Bruins find themselves down 2-0 going into the third, the Black & Gold have had their scoring opportunities outshooting the Flyers 24 to 14. Leading the way for the B's are Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and David Krejci, who have all registered a team-high three shots apiece on Ilya Bryzgalov. Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Nathan Horton and Jay Pandolfo have registered two shots in today's game. The Bruins may be getting the shots, but not too much sustained pressure, as they haven't really found their legs yet, especially through the neutral zone, an area where they usually excel.
B's on the PP: The Flyers were called for too many men on the ice at 4:26 into the first period to put the Bruins on the power play for the second time tonight. The Bruins had a much stronger power play the second time around but the Flyers were able able to thwart the Boston surge of shots to keep the Bruins scoreless. Decent puck movement on the power play opportunity from Lucic, Horton and Seguin, with Krejci and Hamilton on the points.
Philly Goes Up Two: Jakub Voracek, from the right faceoff circle, threw a cross-ice pass to Matt Read at the top of the left faceoff circle, and was able to put a shot past Rask blocker side to put the Flyers up 2-0 at 3:18 into the first. That goal marks Read's eighth of the year with Voracek earning his 21st assist. Also getting credited with an assist on the goal was Bruno Gervais for his fourth helper of the year. The goal came right after the Flyers such nearly missed on a 3-on-1 chance spearheaded by Voracek, the Flyers' leading points-getter (35 points).
B's Allow the First Two: The Bruins allowed the first two goals for the fourth straight game. Depsite allowing the first two in seven games this year, the B's have collected point in all but one of those games going 3-1-3 in those contests.
1:50 p.m. - 1st Intermission Snapshots: PHI 1, BOS 0
Getting Chippy: Patrice Bergeron and Claude Giroux exchanged pushes and face washes against the boards opposite the Flyers' bench. Both squads on ice crowded around to engage in some extracurricular activity as well following the whistle, prompting the referees to try and break up the mini melee of shoving. Chara and Schenn engaged one another away from the scrum and dropped the gloves, but both fell to the ice before any real punches could be exchanged. Bergeron, Chara, Schenn and Giroux were all assessed roughing penalties for their actions in the activity.
B's on the PK: Zdeno Chara was called for holding at 13:50 into the first putting the Bruins league-leading PK against the Flyers league-leading PP. The Flyers potent power play struck about a minute into the penalty with ex-Bruin Mike Knuble connecting on his fourth goal of the year to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead, when he beat Tuukka between his glove hand and the post (Rask deployed the right reaction, but was a bit delayed so he may have been screened a bit on the shot). Luke Schenn and Sean Couturier were credited with assists on the play for their 14th and sixth of the season, respectively.
Krejci's Scoring Chance: About seven minutes into the first period, Nathan Horton set up a David Krejci for a backhand chance, snagging the puck from the Flyer with an aggressive forecheck deep in the Philly zone. After taking control of the puck, Horton flipped it to David Krejci who was moving across the seam and tried to put a backhander past llya Bryzgalov, but the Flyers goaltender was able to get enough padding on it to turn the puck aside. The Krejci line has has kept consistent pressure on the Flyers with Lucic and Horton heavy on the forecheck and No. 17 throwing two hits, winning puck battles on both ends of the ice. Krejci has three of the B's 12 shots through the first.
B's on the PP: Just 56 seconds into the game the Bruins went on the power play, after Philadelphia's Oliver Lauridsen took down Nathan Horton, who had a step on Flyers d-man as he was approaching the net, and was called for holding. The B's were able to get one shot (Tyler Seguin) on net during the power play but couldn't sustain enough pressure and the Flyers successfully killed off the penalty keeping the game scoreless.
Boychuk Back: In his first game since Ottawa on March 19, after missing three games with a lower-body injury, Boychuk skated in seven shifts, logging 6:14 of ice time. The B's defenseman also registered one shot and on hit while leading the B's with three blocked shots.
12:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs PHI
Matchup: The Bruins took the first game of the three game series on March 9, in a 3-0 victory in Boston with all of the goals occurring in a span of 2:18 (Seguin, 11:53 - 1st, Kelly 13:28 - 1st, Paille 14:11 - 1st). Today will mark the second of three games between the two teams with the final tilt scheduled for April 23 in Philadelphia.
Starting Goaltenders: Rask (15-4-4, 2.02 GAA, .923 Save %) vs. Bryzgalov (13-14-3, 2.83 GAA, .899 Save %). Rask is 3-0-1 with a 1.71 GAA and .940 Save % in four career games against Philadelphia. Bryzgalov is 5-3-3 with a 2.63 GAA and .910 Save % in 11 career games against Boston.
Bruins vs Flyers Lifetime: The Bruins and Flyers are meeting for the 179th time today with the Bruins having a 94-57-21-6 record and a 588-526 scoring advantage. In Philadelphia, the Bruins hold a 42-33-10 record but the Flyers hold a slight 275-268 scoring edge.
Road Warriors: The Bruins are 10-5-2 (22 points) on the road this year, which is the fifth best road record in the NHL and are tied for first (Pittsburgh) with the least goals against (37). Philadelphia has a home record of 9-5-2 (20 points) which ranks 20th in the NHL.
Streaking: Brad Marchand comes into today's game riding a three-game point streak having registered one goal and three assists during that span. Rich Peverley is riding a streak of his own, notching three assists in his last three games. Claude Giroux of the Flyers has the longest streak of any player in today's matchup, having registered six points (2-4=6) over the course of his last four games.
Boychuk Back In: Johnny Boychuk back in the lineup after missing three games with a lower-body injury. Matt Bartkowski and Lane MacDermid today's healthy scratches
Bergeron Selke Resume: After winning his first Frank J. Selke Trophy last year, Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has carried his two-way success into the 2013 season. Often playing against the opposition's top line, Bergeron sits third in the NHL with a +24 rating after winning the plus/minus title during last year's campaign (+36). Bergeron has logged 72:58 on the PK and serves as the primary forward on the B's penalty kill unit, which leads the league with a 91.2% success rate, yet has only been on the ice for one of the ten power play goals allowed by the B's this season. On the faceoff dot, the centerman leads the league in winning puck drops at a 62.4% (424/680) clip and his 60.2% proficiency over the past two seasons is the NHL's best as well. Offensively, Bergeron leads the Black & Gold in assists (21) and points (31) and is currently third on the team in goals with 10. The B's alternate captain is also coming off of a four-point game (1-3=4) against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
Special Teams Battle:The Philadelphia Flyers boast the NHL's best power play unit having notched 31 PP goals in 128 chances (24.2%). In their last three games the Flyers have gone a perfect 4-4 on the man advantage. The Bruins, however, will look to stymie the Flyers lethal power play, owning the best penalty kill rate in the NHL at 91.2%.
Boston: PP: 14-for-90 (15.6.1%, 23rd NHL), PK: 104-for-114 (91.2%, 1st NHL)
Philadelphia: PP: 31-for-128 (24.2%, 1st NHL), PK: 113-for-134 (79.2%, T-21st NHL).