BOSTON – The Boston Bruins spread the wealth Saturday afternoon, but they're generosity didn't extend to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Boston got a goal from their power play and two from different even-strength lines during a 2:18 span of the first period and Tuukka Rask made 23 saves as the Bruins won their first meeting of the season with the Flyers 3-0 at TD Garden.
Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille scored Boston's goals. Rask recorded his second shutout of the season.
The Bruins have now won two in a row after losing two in a row. They've also allowed just two goals in those two games after surrendering eight goals the previous two games. Boston's trademark team defense seems to have returned to form.
"Really good. I think the best so far, this year. They did a great job," Rask said about the defense in front of him.
Added Kelly: "We played well. We took their time and space away a lot of times and didn't give them second chances. They tried to hit that high man. I thought our forwards, especially the wingers, they helped out eliminating that and let our low forward and the D take the other two forwards' time and space away and that really helped us."
The Flyers are trending in the opposite direction. After losing a three-goal lead and dropping a decision to Pittsburgh on Thursday, the Flyers extended their losing streak to three games. After the game, the Flyers held a team meeting several minutes longer than the locker room is expected to stay closed once a contest ends.
"It's always good when you have a meeting," Flyers forward Claude Giroux said. "You want to make sure everybody's on the same page, and that's what we did."
Flyers coach Laviolette refused to acknowledge the meeting in his postgame comments, but had some choice words to describe his team's performance.
"After 1-0, we stopped competing," Laviolette said after his team dropped to 0-9-0 when trailing after just one period this season. "Up until that point, 10 minutes into the game, guys were playing hard. There wasn't a lot of room out there either way. They scored a goal and we never recovered. We never responded to it. We were looking for a response from last game and that wasn't the response we were looking for."
Seguin electrified a game that started slow with a power-play goal 11:53 into the opening period to kick off the day's scoring. Milan Lucic made a spinning backhand pass across the top of the blue paint to Seguin at the bottom of the left circle, where he fired the puck past Ilya Bryzgalov. That started the Bruins' 2:18 of domination.
The Bruins doubled their lead 81 seconds later. Jordan Caron, making his season debut with Boston, fed Kelly at the left hash mark. The Boston center settled the puck and then slapped it into the back of the net.
Forty-three seconds later, the Bruins had claimed a 3-0 lead. Shawn Thornton stole the puck at the Philadelphia blue line and dumped it in while taking a big hit from Luke Schenn. Gregory Campbell won the race to the loose puck and fed a streaking Paille, who lit the lamp with a backhand shot.
The next two periods featured one fruitless Philadelphia power play and 18 shots that failed to get by Rask. Just a week ago the Flyers won their second in a row to reach the .500 mark. Now they're sinking again.
"When you get into a situation like that, one guy can't lead you out of a 3-0 hole," Laviolette said. "Everybody has to grab the rope and pull yourself out of a 3-0 hole, or out of three games under .500. That's where we sit right now. We have to fight and make a stand for what we want here and today was not the answer."
Although he's encouraged by what he's seen the last two games, Bruins coach Claude Julien is hoping for repeats of this performance in the days ahead.
"Tonight we were," Julien said in response to a question about he's team's defense being back on track. "But I don't know if I can say back on track until I see it on a consistent basis. And today was probably the first day I felt much better about our game without the puck and in our defensive zone. ... They didn't have a ton of scoring chances. Obviously we've got two tough games -- Ottawa, who's playing extremely well still, and Pittsburgh on the road. We'll need that kind of game to win those [Monday and Tuesday]."