BOSTON BRUINS (52-18-7) vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (39-28-9)
3:35 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL: BOS 5, PHI 2
BRUINS DOWN FLYERS: The Bruins bounced back from their two-game funk, topping the Flyers 5-2 at TD Garden getting goals from Milan Lucic (2), David Krejci, Johnny Boychuk and Chris Kelly (empty net). Tuukka Rask earns his 35th win of the season, making 24 stops on 26 shots. The Bruins are back in action on Tuesday against the Wild in Minnesota with puck drop scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET.
B'S TALLY TWO: With 6:06 to go in the this period, Johnny Boychuk sent a blast from the blueline off of a faceoff win by Patrice Bergeron with Reilly Smith providing the screen in front. The goal marks Boychuk's fifth tally of the season with Bergeron picking up his 32nd assist of the season, which also extends Bergeron's point streak to 11-straight games. Less than a minute later Milan Lucic sent the puck on net that was able to beat Emery for his second goal of the game and 24th of the year.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Tuesday agains the Wild in Minnesota. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET.
2:37 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 2, PHI 2
FLYERS FIND THE EQUALIZER AGAIN: With 3:39 to go in the second, the Flyers were able to tie the game up once again, when Jay Rosehill found the back of the net on an athletic spinning backhand to forehand bid on Rask for his second goal of the year.
PHILLY TIES IT, B'S RESPOND: Torey Krug was sent to the box for playing with a broken stick at 12:43 into the second putting the Bruins in the third shorthanded situation of the matinee. With the man-advantage the Flyers' Wayne Simmonds scored his team leading 26th goal of the season, to knot the game at 1-1. Not long after the Philly goal, Milan Lucic responded and regained the Bruins lead when he fired an absolute laser from the the high-slot past Emery to tie the game for his 23 goal of the season. The shot was set up off of a great feed from David Krejci who was cycling the puck around down low, behind the Philadelphia net, earning his 49th assist of the season. Loui Eriksson gets awarded the secondary assist for his role on the goal for his 24th helper of the year.
BERGY OFF FOR INTERFERENCE: The Bruins PK unit went back to work for the second time in the matchup when Patrice Berger was called for interference on Kimmo Timonen at the 15:49 mark. The Flyers were unable to generate much momentum with the man-advantage, allowing the Bruins to kill off the two-minute infraction without any damage done.
1:43 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, PHI 0
KREJCI GIVES B'S 1-0 LEAD: David Krejci gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead when he scooped up a rebound just to the right of the Philly crease, snapping it past Ray Emery for his 17th goal of the year. Loui Eriksson served as the catalyst on the goal, putting two shots on net that yielded juicy rebounds that Krejci was able to cash in on. The assist marks Eriksson's 23rd of the season, while Milan Lucic gets credit for the secondary helper for his 34th of the year. Entering tonight the Bruins have a 39-6-1 mark when scoring the first goal of the game.
THORNTON DROPS EM: With 9:14 to go in the first period, Bruins winger Shawn Thornton dropped the mitts with Philadelphia's Jay Rosehill. The B's enter today with a 25-9-2 record in games in which they have recorded a fighting major.
LUCIC OFF FOR ROUGHING: At the 19:09 mark, Milan Lucic was whistled for roughing sending the Bruins on the PK for the first time in the evening. Rask stood strong on the kill, making key saves despite the Flyers putting the pressure on with nearly two minutes of time in the Bruins zone, including a big stop on Wayne Simmonds trying to jam one in on the doorstep. Ultimately the Bruins were able to bail out Lucic, killing off the two minute minor to make the B's 214 for 253 on the season.
12:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. PHI
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (34-15-5, 2.04 GAA, .930 Save %) vs. Emery (8-10-2, 2.81 GAA, .906 Save %). Rask is 5-1-1 with a 2.00 GAA and .934 save % in eight career games against Philadelphia. Emery is 5-3-1 with a 2.81 GAA and .890 save % with one shutout in 10 career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS FLYERS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Flyers will meet for the 183rd time in their franchise histories this afternoon. The B’s have compiled a 95-59-21-6 record in those matchups and have outscored Philadelphia, 601-538. The Black & Gold are 52-24-11-4 in their 91 lifetime meetings against the Flyers in Boston, with the B’s holding a scoring advantage of 320-251 in those contests. In their last 15 contests with the Flyers, the Bruins have compiled a 11-3-1 record… The Flyers are one of three teams that have never swept the Bruins in a season series (Ottawa and Tampa Bay) and the B’s are looking to sweep this season’s series for the first time since 1989-90.
CAMPBELL NOMINATED FOR MASTERTON: Bruins forward Gregory Campbell has been selected as the Boston Bruins 2014 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee by the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer's Association (PHWA). The Masterton Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Campbell battled adversity entering the 2014 campaign, coming off a broken leg sustained in the second period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite breaking his leg in a shorthanded situation, Campbell remained on the ice for the remaining 47 seconds of Penguin power play time, putting the team ahead of his own personal health, to help the Bruins kill off the penalty unscathed.
FEELING RIGHT AT HOME: The Bruins have amassed 29 victories on TD Garden ice (currently the best home record in the NHL at 29-7-3) in the 2013-14 campaign, which is tied for second most in franchise history, behind the club record of 33, which was reached twice in the 1970-71 and 1973-74 seasons.
STREAKING: Centerman Patrice Bergeron enters today’s matinee riding a 10-game point streak, where he has tallied nine goals and five assists during that span. The 10-game point streak ties a career best stretch. Linemate Brad Marchand rides a point streak of his own, tallying one goal and three assists over his last three games.
POSITIVITY IS THE KEY: Boston’s plus-81 GF/GA ratio is the best in the NHL and their plus-47 third period advantage is better than the overall ratio of all but four NHL teams… The Bruins own four of five spots in the league’s plus/minus leaders with David Krejci leading that way at plus-37, followed by Patrice Bergeron at plus-36 and Jarome Iginla at plus-34. Brad Marchand is tied for fifth with Corey Perry (Anaheim) and Mard-Edouard Vlasic (San Jose) at plus-32.
CEREMONIAL PUCK DROP: The Boston Bruins will pay tribute to 90 years of history during ten select home games throughout the 2013-14 season. The organization will honor each of the ten decades of Bruins hockey as part of the 90 Years Celebration presented by Alex and Ani. Tonight, B’s legend Derek Sanderson will drop the ceremonial first puck to begin the day's tribute to the Bruins of the 1960's.
FLYERS NOTEBOOK: Four of Philadelphia’s remaining six regular season games will be played on the road (4/8 at FLA, 4/10 at TBL, 4/12 at PIT), beginning with today’s matchup in Boston. Sean Couturier is expected to play in his 200th career NHL game tonight… Forward Vincent Lecavalier has notched three goals in his last four games… Claude Giroux is tied for fourth in the NHL in points (78) and is tied for first on the Flyers in goals with Wayne Simmonds (25). Courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau: On 11 occasions this year, the Flyers have come from behind to win a game when trailing at some point in the third period. That is a new franchise record. The Flyers made nine such comebacks in the 1996-97 season.
204 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, March 27, the Boston Bruins have reached 204 straight regular season and playoff game shut outs. This sellout streak began more than three years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 45-for-215 (20.9%, 3rd NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 213-for-253 (84.2%, 8th NHL)… Flyers power play: 53-for-277 (19.1%, 10th NHL), Flyers penalty kill: 252-for-297 (84.8%, 6th NHL).