A FIGHT TO THE FINISH You just knew the Flyers weren't going to let their 6-0 loss at the hands to the Bruins back in mid-December slip their minds.
And you knew that the Flyers weren't going to let that happen again in their own building.
Evidence of that? Tom Sestito's fight just 1:24 into the first period.
Sure, they slipped into a 3-1 hole after the first frame, but the rest of the way was typical Flyers-Bruins hockey.
"I thought that our guys gave it everything they had tonight," said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. "And even when you end up having to fight back, you do it, and fight back, you do it."
Overall there were three fights in the game, including two within the game's first 10 minutes, 25 penalties called (BOS-14, PHI-11) for 68 minutes and it seems like a pushing and shoving match after every whistle.
The Flyers used three straight goals from power forward Scott Hartnell to take a 4-3 lead.
The see-saw battle had the Flyers knotting the game up at 5-5 mid-way through the third period and saw nothing but hockey's greatest attributes. Physical play with fights from Jody Shelley, Sestito and even rookie Brayden Schenn; talent with some acrobatic saves from both goaltenders and incredible speed from Hartnell's one-timers that got past Boston net-minder Tim Thomas.
Added Laviolette, "Today was a great game for our rookies to be in because it was a tough game. It was a man's game out there--it was physical, you had to fight for every inch of space and every inch of ice out there. Again, like they have all year, the young players, the rookies, proved their worth."
Although the Flyers fell in the shootout, today's game was perhaps the most entertaining of the season thus far. They did also gain a crucial point in the log-jam that is the Eastern Conference Standings.
The Flyers will take on the Florida Panthers in Sunrise on Tuesday for their last game before the NHL's All-Star Weekend break.
|Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Scott Hartnell’s natural hat trick was: |
- 13th in Flyers history
- Hartnell’s second natural hat trick of his career and as a Flyer
- Hartnell’s fifth hat trick overall as a Flyer and sixth of his career
- The first natural hat trick to take place entirely in one period since Feb. 15, 1994 (Renberg, at SJ, 3G in third period)
This is the first time in his career that Hartnell has scored multiple goals in consecutive games. Prior to tonight, the closest he’d come was when he had two multi-goal games in a span of three games last year.
This is the second time this season that Claude Giroux has posted three assists in a period. He also did it on Dec. 7 at Buffalo.
Giroux is now second overall in scoring in the NHL with 18G and 37A for 55 points. He kept pace with Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, who also had a three-point game today.
Giroux was 18-for-30 (60 percent) on faceoffs today. He has been 54 percent or better in eight consecutive games and is now 52.5 percent on the season, which leads the team.
The Flyers recorded 39 hits tonight, the second-most they’ve recorded this season after the 41 they had in the Winter Classic.
The Flyers have posted 35 or more shots in eight of their last 10 games.
No surprise that Scott Hartnell gets tonight's first star for the Flyers.
Hartnell posted his sixth career NHL hat trick by scoring the Flyers' 2nd, 3rd and 4th goals on the night to give the Flyers a 4-3 lead at the end of the second period.
Two of Hartnell's goals were scored on the power-play while all three were a one-timed shot at the top of the circle.
The tally's give Hartnell 25 goals on the year to lead the Flyers, and as of today's game, he is in a tie for fifth in the NHL in goals scored.
|"A lot of the guys stepped up today. There was a lot of character in the game. It was also a pretty entertaining game, but at the end of the day we don't get the two points. I think our guys did a good job of sticking with it and playing pretty well." |
- Claude Giroux
"To see the smile on his face afterwards is special for me, obviously. He's probably watched a thousand or fifteen hundred games that I've played, traveled around Western Canada growing up and watched every game on the NHL Network. To have him here and have a good game personally is pretty nice."
-Scott Hartnell on his father being at the game
|Tonight's turning point came with 47 seconds remaining in the second period. |
Scott Hartnell's third goal of the night (and fifth in the last two games) gave the Flyers a 4-3 lead, but made a statement that the Flyers weren't in the game just to compete, they were giving the Bruins all they could handle.
The Bruins rallied back to take a 5-4 lead, but as they had all game, the Flyers returned with a key power-play goal to knot the game up at 5-5.
Although losing in the eventual shootout, the Flyers came away with a point in the standings, which gave them a total of three out of a possible five points in the back-to-back day games on the weekend over two very tough opponents.