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POSTGAME 5: Last second heartbreak

Bruins score in the final seconds to walk away with a 2-1 win

by @NHLFlyers /


In a tightly played and checked game, Drew Stafford scored with 5.4 seconds left to give the Bruins at 2-1 win over the Flyers at TD Garden. 

In a scoreless 15 minutes to open the period, the Bruins swung momentum in their favor by killing off 1:43 of a 5-on-3 and capitalized on a power-play of their own as Pastrnak took a great feed from Bergeron to take a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. 

The Flyers struck back early in the second on a goal from Jordan Weal set up from a great effort by Wayne Simmonds at 1:27 into the frame. The goal was initially challenged for off-sides by the Bruins, but upheld by the refs. Several chances on both sides, but the period ended tied, 1-1.

Scoreless through most of the third, Stafford's shot as time wound down deflected past Steve Mason on its way in. Mason made 25 saves on 27 shots, while Tuukka Rask stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced.

The last second goal from Drew Stafford was the difference-maker, game-winner and thus the turning point in the contest… The play unfolded with Stafford bringing the puck into the zone, slamming on the brakes, spinning around and throwing the puck on net. The puck deflected off of defenseman Brandon Manning and squeezed just past Mason.


1 - Drew Stafford: Scored the game-winning goal, firing the puck on net in the final 10 seconds.

2 - Tuukka Rask: Stopped 26 of 27 shots, including the final 12 shots and all four in the third period, for his second straight win and seventh victory in his last 10 starts.

3 - Steve Mason: Stopped 25 of 27 shots in the loss, and has now allowed two goals or less in four of his last five starts.


* Jordan Weal scored for the second time in his last three games and now has three goals and four points in his last six games.Video: PHI@BOS: Weal nets Simmonds' pass on the doorstep

* Giroux recorded an assist in the game, giving him points in three straight (1g-2a) as well as points in five of his last seven games (1g-5a).

* Ivan Provorov played a season/career high 25:18. He led the Flyers with five hits and had two blocked shots.

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