Brian Smith | PhiladelphiaFlyers.com
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The Flyers saw a 1-0 first-intermission lead turn into a 2-1 second-intermission deficit, but third-period goals from Wayne Simmonds and Mark Streit turned the tables and gave the Flyers a 3-2 win. Jake Voracek started the scoring with 2:32 left in the first period, but the Bruins got the only goals in the second – from Kevan Miller 8:38 into the frame and from Loui Eriksson on the power play with 3:34 left to go in the period. In the third, the Flyers tied it on Simmonds’ goal with 9:50 left, and then Streit finished a rush just 1:22 later. The Flyers held on through a long stretch of 6-on-5 with Boston’s net empty. Claude Giroux assisted on all three goals. Steve Mason turned aside 30 of 32, while Tuukka Rask stopped 18 of 21.
The Flyers were trailing 2-1 as the game passed the third period’s halfway point when Giroux worked a puck off his own half-wall ahead to Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds and Voracek headed the other way on a rush that saw Simmonds finish off his own rebound to tie the game. The Flyers then rode the ensuing momentum to the game-winning goal from Mark Streit just 1:22 later.
1ST – Jake Voracek: scored the Flyers’ opening goal and added assists on the two third period markers, including the primary on the tying goal by Wayne Simmonds. Voracek had three shots on goal and five more that didn’t reach the net.
2ND – Claude Giroux: Recorded assists on all three goals for his first three-assist game since April 3, 2012. Giroux had three shots on goal and was 12-for-19 on faceoffs.
3RD – Mark Streit: He joined the rush to score his fourth goal of the season, which was the game-winner. Streit had five total shot attempts, four of which were blocked by opponents.
The Flyers won their fourth game in a row and sixth in a row at home. It’s their longest home winning streak since an eight-game streak from Nov. 9-Dec. 19, 2013… The Flyers have now won each of their first two games against the Bruins this season. The last time the Flyers won their first two games against Boston in the same season was the 2009-10 campaign, when they won 4-3 on Oct. 22 in Philadelphia and then took a 3-1 win December 14 in Boston… Although the Bruins outshot the Flyers 32-21, the Flyers had 58 shot attempts to Boston’s 55. The Bruins blocked 20 Flyers shots tonight, led by Zdeno Chara’s four. Jake Voracek, Mark Streit and Michael Del Zotto each had four shot attempts blocked.
“I think the team is playing well. We play the system well. We don’t panic. It doesn’t matter if we score a goal or if we get scored on, we keep plugging away and I think that’s a really good sign. That atmosphere in the locker room is great. I think we have a great time and it’s a lot of fun to come to the rink. We’re going in the right direction. But a lot of teams are playing really good hockey now and the standings are really tight. We’ve got to keep going and keep working hard, just grind out those points.”
“[1000 games] is a great honor. It is something I am very proud of. I want to keep playing as long as I can. I feel good, and it’s nice to get a win with a big game to make you feel a whole lot better.”