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Bruins Grab Road Point in Philly

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins /

PHILADELPHIA - The Bruins did not come away with two points on Tuesday night in Philadelphia, but it was not from a lack of effort. 


They outshot the home team 47-21, including a 17-6 margin through the final 25 minutes. They came back from a 2-0 deficit in the third period and carried the momentum throughout much of the game. 


The night ultimately ended in a 3-2 shootout loss for the Bruins, though, with the Flyers winning in the ninth round. 


"That shows character that you can come back in the third period being down 2-0 and the way we played, we played really good in the third, so that's positive," said Tuukka Rask, who made 19 saves. "You know, a point is a point on the road, so we'll take it."

Rask stopped seven of nine shooters in the shootout with Shayne Gostisbehere earning the winner on a shot that broke off Rask's glove and trickled into the back of the net. 


"[I] just try to be as big as possible," said Rask. "And they got past me a couple times there, and that was enough, so you know, I just try to give a chance and hope for the best."


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Boston dominated the overtime and outshot Philadelphia 6-1. Getting the extra point would have certainly felt earned. 


Instead, the Bruins were forced to the take the positives from mounting a third period comeback and making sure to get at least one point from the effort. 


"I don't have any issues with our effort," said Head Coach Claude Julien. "You know, we get 50 shots on net, can't say that you had a bad game. We didn't give up much, just mid-20s, and so we double the shot total and we had some great chances."


"I think [Flyers netminder Steve] Mason early in the game was making some big saves and certainly kept us off the scoreboard for quite a while," Julien said. "But, overall, I think our game wasn't bad at all."


Mason started the third period with a strong stop on Brad Marchand from the right circle. 


The Bruins were finally able to break through with two goals in a span of 1:18 to tie the game at 2-2. 


David Krejci sent a knuckle-puck towards the net from the slot after a feed from Torey Krug, who weaved down low to the bottom of the left circle. Krejci's third of the season came at 4:26 into the third. 


"That goal, I had no intentions of going to Krech and then all of a sudden I saw he was wide open in the slot and all of a sudden you're making plays, so it was good," said Krug. "It was nice that you could help your team come back and get some points, because I felt the first period wasn't my best and then you've got to just keep improving."


Video: BOS@PHI: Krejci beats Mason through traffic


The Bruins' burst in the third came as a result of keeping a positive attitude. 


"Yeah, well Coach came in here and he talked about staying positive, that we were having some good chances," said Krejci. "So, just kind of stick with it and stay positive and eventually it's going to go in."


The Bruins had finished the second period with a frustrating power play opportunity, that left David Pastrnak banging his stick on the boards. The frustration was clearly visible. 


"I think our third period was phenomenal - I felt we had the energy that Claude wanted us to coming in," said Brandon Carlo, who - along with Krug - assisted on Brad Marchand's tying goal that came at 5:44 into the third period, during a 4-on-4 situation. 


"In between periods, [Claude] expressed that he just wanted us to have energy there and work hard, get on the body," said Carlo. "And he didn't think that we were playing a bad game by any means, but at the same time, he felt like if we could just get our nose to the net and try and create more opportunities."


"And obviously we got two pretty good goals there and pushed the game a bit further, and unfortunately it didn't go our way in the end," Carlo said. 


Video: BOS@PHI: Marchand evens score on rebound in front


Just 39 seconds after the Bruins tied the game at 2-2, Jakub Voracek was awarded a penalty shot, with 13:37 on the clock. It marked the Flyers' first shot on goal of the period, and Rask came up with the stop.


"It's a mental thing, I think. You just try to stay on your feet as long as possible and make him do the first move," said Rask. "And it's not easy, especially in that situation, when it's your first shot of the period, but it hit my blocker this time."


Video: BOS@PHI: Rask turns aside Voracek's penalty shot


In the first period, the Flyers didn't need many shots on goal - as they landed only nine - but they converted on their sixth and seventh shots in a span of 1:32 to take the initial 2-0 lead. 


With just over 6:00 gone in the first period, Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto ripped a shot from the left point that found its way through screens and in behind Rask. 


Following Del Zotto's goal, Austin Czarnik was sent to the box for slashing right after the faceoff. 


Philadelphia's second-ranked power play made it count, with Flyers captain Claude Giroux converting on a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle off a cross-ice pass from Jakub Voracek. 


The Bruins had a power play of their own in the opening frame, when the game was still scoreless. They had decent zone time and generated two shots on goal, but couldn't find the back of the net.


Their best chance of the period came even prior to the man advantage, when Ryan Spooner and Colin Miller sped in on Mason 2-on-1. Spooner's initial shot from the left wing was stopped by Mason, who followed up with a tremendous stop on Miller's follow-up chance. 


The Black & Gold outshot the Flyers 19-9 in the first, 11-6 in the second, and 11-5 in the third. Four of the Flyers' six shots in the middle frame came during power play opportunities. 


The Bruins had their chances, but weren't overly thrilled with their second effort around the net and their ability to create rebound chances.


They'll regroup with a day off on Wednesday before hosting the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night at TD Garden. 


Despite just picking up the one point, the Bruins took away encouraging signs. 


"Just the fact that we can come back in third periods," said Krug. "Down two goals, we talked about how this game, the points were there, and we could go out and take them, and we showed the effort and the ability to score some goals in the third. Tuukks bailed us out many time throughout the game and unfortunately we just couldn't get the second point."


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