BRUINS 27-12-5 (59 pts) vs FLYERS 20-22-3 (43 pts)
10:23 p.m. - 3rd Period Snapshots: FINAL PHI 5, BOS 2
Bruins Fall in Philadelphia: The Bruins fall to the Flyers 5-2 in Philadelphia and as a result lose the season series 2-1. Wade Redden and David Krejci provided the offensive support for the Bruins tonight with Jaromir Jagr and Carl Soderberg earning assists. With the Montreal Canadiens' loss earlier in the evening, the Bruins still remain atop the Northeast Division.
Khudobin Back In: With 7:30 remaining in the third period, Coach Julien opted to re-enter Anton Khudobin into the game in place of Tuukka Rask.
Krejci Scores, Flyers Answer: David Krejci made a slick deke to split two Flyers players to roof one past Mason to bring the Bruins back within two with just under 12 minutes remaining. However, 13 seconds later, the Flyers answered with a goal of their own, with Simon Gagne connecting on a cross-ice pass from Claude Giroux to give the Flyers a three goal lead once again and Gagne his fifth goal of the season. Giroux now has a multi-point game having notched two assists in tonight's tilt for 34 assists on the year. Also getting credited with an assist on the goal is Luke Schenn for his eighth assist of the season.
Voracek Scores: Jakub Voracek extended the Flyers lead 4-1 at 5:33 into the third period for his 21st goal of the year. Voracek took the puck into the Bruins zone on a breakaway with a feed from Claude Giroux (33rd assist), making a quick right to left move to put a backhand past Tuukka Rask five-hole.
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Next Game: The Bruins are back in action in Boston on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning with puck drop scheduled for 7:30 pm. The upcoming game on Thursday was the game rescheduled after being postponed due to a blizzard on Saturday, February 9.
9:25 p.m. - 2nd Period Snapshots: PHI 3, BOS 1
Briere to the Box: With 3:55 remaining in the second period, Danny Briere was called for high-sticking, after catching Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference in the face with his stick up along the boards. The Flyers were able to hold off the Bruins until there were just four seconds to go on the Briere penalty, but before the penalty expired, Simon Gagne was called for delay of game after flipping the puck into the stands, giving the B's an additional two minutes on the power play. With just three seconds left on the penalty, Jaromir Jagr found Milan Lucic driving to the net for a point-blank scoring chance, but Steve Mason maintained good body position to keep the puck out of the net and preserve the Flyers 3-1 lead heading into the third.
Bruins, Flyers Swap Penalties: Just 16 seconds after the Flyers scored their second goal in seven seconds (see below), Carl Soderberg was called for high-sticking putting the Bruins on the penalty kill for the third time this game. About a minute later, Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds was called for slashing after breaking Dennis Seidenberg's stick, yielding four-on-four hockey for about a minute. After Soderberg's penalty expired, the Bruins had the man-advantage just over a minute, however the B's were unable to sustain enough pressure and urgency to be able to put another goal on the board.
Flyers Tack on Two: Matt Read showed tremendous hand-eye coordination on the Flyers second goal of the game, batting the puck about three feet out of the air, after a big kick save by Khudobin for his 11th goal of the year, with Wayne Simmonds getting credited with his 17th assist. Just seven seconds later, the Flyers struck again, though it wasn't exactly the first NHL goal that Oliver Lauridsen will remember for his finesse. Zdeno Chara tried to rim the puck around the boards behind Khudobin but instead, it took a bad bounce and went right through the crease, surprising Khudobin. The puck banked in off his stick, and Anton was not too happy with the result. After the two quick goals, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien opted to try and calm things down by bringing in Tuukka Rask to relieve Anton Khudobin of the goaltending duties.
Thornton Drops the Mitts: At 9:40 into the second period, Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton (6'2'', 217-pounds) dropped the gloves with Philadelphia's Jay Rosehill (6'3'', 215-pounds). Thornton dodged Rosehill's first punch, causing the Flyer to nearly fall over, but quickly helped him recover, allowing the two combatants to exchange a flurry of more punches. After a spirited bout the two lost their balance onto the ice and were sent to the box to serve their five-minute fighting majors. This fight marked Thornton's eighth fighting major this season with Rosehill engaging in his fourth.
Krejci to the Box: At 4:41 into the second period, David Krejci was called for tripping on Wayne Simmonds along the boards opposite the Flyers bench. Khudobin made a big save on the penalty kill on a Jakub Voracek slap shot from just above the right faceoff circle to limit the damage. Khudobin showed good anticipation on the play and aggressively moved three-to-four feet outside the blue point to cut down the angle to make the to the save on Voracek. The Bruins eventually killed off their second penalty of the night to make the B's 134-152 on the PK this year.
8:19 p.m. - 1st Period Snapshots: BOS 1, PHI 1
Soderberg Adjusting: Carl Soderberg is only playing his third NHL game with the Bruins, and has been playing center for the past two games alongside Jaromir Jagr and Chris Kelly as he adjusts to the NHL ice surface. The forward, who signed with the B's after playing nearly all of his junior and pro hockey in Sweden, has been looking more and more comfortable each game. He assisted on Redden's goal tonight (see below), but also nearly set up Chris Kelly for the go-ahead, when he one-timed a loose puck from the slot that took a hard bounce off the boards. Kelly pounced on the rebound but with traffic in front, was denied by the post.
Bruins Go on the PK: At 6:47 into the first period, Dougie Hamilton was called for high-sticking Brayden Schenn in front of Anton Khudobin, putting the Bruins on the power play for the first time in tonight's game. Coming into this evening's matchup, the Bruins led the NHL on the PK (132-for-150, 88.0%) with the Flyers ranked third on the power play ( 36-for-163, 22.1%) and were first on home ice. The B's were able to successfully kill off the penalty to Hamilton to make the Bruins 133-for-151 on the penalty kill this season.
Redden Scores: Jaromir Jagr started the play that led to Wade Redden's first goal as a Boston Bruin, by creating space in the seam and unleashing a wrist shot on Flyers goaltender Steve Mason. The puck deflected off Mason back out toward Redden, who was rushing in, and was able to swat the puck in for his third goal of the 2013 season. Soderberg collects his second assist in as many games on the play, giving him two assists in three NHL career games as a Bruin. Jagr is also credited with his 19th assist of the year on the play. Redden is playing in his 1,020th NHL game tonight - the veteran defenseman has put up 109 goals in his lengthy NHL career. The blueliner is playing in just his third game as a Bruin, with the B's having quite the depth to work with on the back end. Johnny Boychuk is the D-man rotating out to get some much-needed rest tonight.
In between period, Wade Redden spoke with NESN's Naoko Funayama about his first period goal:
"Yeah, I saw Carl [Soderberg] in the middle. That's one thing we talked about was hit that low guy. And then he made a good play in the zone, giving it to Jags [Jaromir Jagr] and I knew if I got to the net, the puck would get there too."
Flyer Take 1-0 Lead: Just 1:48 into the first period, Scott Hartnell was able to give the Flyers an early 1-0 lead with a wrist shot just north of the seam, after a turnover in the Boston zone ending up right on his stick and he snapped a shot over Anton Khudobin's glove. The unassisted goal by Hartnell makes it his eighth of the season.
7:00 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. PHI
FLYERS TO SUPPORT BOSTON: The Flyers, along with the fans in Philadelphia, will show their support when the Flyers and Bruins meet tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers will be donating the charitable portion of the money collected through the Flyers Charities 50/50 raffle at game to The One Fund Boston. Additionally, the Flyers will wear special jerseys adorned with Boston Strong patch on their sweaters and decals on their helmets. Following the game, every player’s jersey will be available for auction with proceeds also benefitting The One Fund Boston. Prior to puck drop, members of the Philadelphia Police and Fire Department will take part in a pre-game ceremony that includes a tribute video and performance of "God Bless America”.
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Khudobin (9-3-1, 2.20 GAA, .925 Save %) vs. Mason (5-8-1, 2.72 GAA, .908 Save %). Khudobin is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .974 Save % in one career game against Philadelphia. Mason is 2-0-1 with a 1.30 GAA and .959 Save % in three career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS FLYERS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Panthers will meet for the 180th time tonight with the B’s holding a 94-58-21-6 record with a 589-529 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 42-34-10-2 in 88 games in Philadelphia with the Bruins holding 278-269 scoring edge. The Bruins and Flyers have split the season series thus far with Boston taking a 3-0 win at TD Garden on March 9 and the Flyers winning in a 3-1 decision in Philadelphia on March 30. The Bruins are 9-2-1 against the Flyers in their last 12 games overall and are 9-1-1 in their last 11 games played in Philadelphia.
FACEOFF LEADERS: Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron comes into tonight leading the NHL in faceoff percentage, winning puck drops at a 61.8% rate. As a team, Boston leads the NHL as well in faceoff percentage at 56.4%. There have only been seven games this season where the Bruins have recorded less than a 50% mark in faceoffs this season.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Chris Kelly's next game will be his 600th of his NHL career…Tyler Seguin next appearance will be his 200th NHL and Bruins career game…Jay Pandolfo currently sits one game shy of his 900th NHL game.
SÖDERBERG'S FIRST NHL POINT: In just his second game since joining the Bruins, Carl Söderberg registered his first NHL point and assists on April 21 against the Florida Panthers. Before joining the Bruins, Söderberg appeared in 54 games for Linköping HC (Swedish Elite League), where he notched 31 goals and 29 assists for 60 points with a +18 rating.
STREAKING: Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin both come into tonight's game riding a two-game point streak. Marchand has tallied two goals in his last two games while Seguin has registered both a goal and an assists.
FLYERS NOTEBOOK: The Flyers recalled Jason Akeson, Tye McGinn, Scott Laughton and Matt Konan following the end of the Adirondack Phantom's AHL season…Jakub Voracek notched his 20th goal of the year against Carolina on Saturday, which eclipses his previous career high of 18 goals set a year ago…Kimmo Timonen's 29 points ranks fourth among NHL defenseman in scoring…
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 17-for-114 (14.9%, 24th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 132-for-150 (88.0%, 1st NHL)… Flyers power play: 36-for-163 (22.1%, 3rd NHL), Flyers penalty kill: 149-for-175 (85.1%, 6th NHL).