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BRUINS 15-3-3 (33 pts) VS. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 11-13-1 (23 pts)
3:41 p.m. - Postgame snapshots - FINAL: BOS 3, PHI 0
Bruins Win Two Straight - With this afternoon's victory over the Flyers the Bruins improve to 16-3-3 (35 pts) and will look to keep the streak alive on Monday against the Senators in Ottawa.
Rask Earns Shutout Win - Tonight's win improves Rask's record to 12-2-3 and gives him his first career shutout against the Flyers in four games played. The shutout came into jeopardy with about two minutes remaining, when Rask left the crease to intercept a puck that would have yielded a one-on-one breakaway chance for the Flyers. Rask flipped it away from the approaching Philly player and was able to scramble back to the net before anymore shots were thrown at him. The shutout proved to be the 13th of Rask's career and second of the year.
PK Does it Again: At 6:59 the Bruins found themselves on the power play for the second time, getting called for too many men in the ice. The two minute penalty was successfully killed off by the B's making them 2-2 at that point in the game. With eight minutes left, Boston found themselves on the PK once more with a penalty to Caron for slashing. The PK was able to kill off the minor penalty making them a perfect 3-3 on the day. On the year, the Bruins are now 82-89 on the penalty kill.
Bruins Best Chance - Horton showed his great stick handling skills about two minutes into the third period, avoiding three of the Flyers defenders in front of the Philly net. Horton was able to flip the puck to a wide open and pinching Chara for a one timer, which Bryzgalov made a great glove-side save on.
B's Postgame Coverage: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
Next Game: The Bruins will look to make it three straight wins on Monday as the B's travel to Ottawa to take on the Senators.
2:46 p.m. - 2nd Intermission Snapshots - BOS 3, PHI 0
Seidenberg's Physicality: B's defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has provided a strong physical presence for the B's, registering team-high five hits so far this game. However, as a team, the Bruins are being out-hit by the Flyers 34 to 19 and Niklas Grossman leads the Flyers in hits so far with five. The Flyers ranked second in the NHL in hits coming into today's game.
Thornton Battles Rinaldo: 6'2'' 217-pound B's enforcer Shawn Thornton squared off against the 5'11'' 169-pound Zac Rinaldo after a hard hit on Johnny Boychuk. Thornton was able to land a few heavy upper cuts and and couple of jabs before taking Rinaldo down the ice with a hard right. The Bruins came into tonight 8-3-1 this season when the Bruins engage in at least one fight. Over the last two seasons, the Bruins are 38-15-2 when the B's drop the gloves.
Tuukka Remains Strong: Rask remained solid in net for the B's keeping the the Flyers through the first and second periods, and stopping seven shots from Philly in the middle frame. Coming into the third period, Rask will look to shutout the Flyers for the first time in his career. Rask has earned one shutout earlier this year against the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 2, in the Bruins 1-0 win.
1:57 p.m. - 1st Intermission Snapshots - BOS 3, PHI 0
B's Convert on the PP: The B's were able to convert on their 11th power play goal of the season off Tyler Seguin's hot hands, with David Krejci finding Milan Lucic down low to begin the play. Lucic then spun and flipped a slick backhanded pass to Seguin posted up on the other side of the net, sending a one-timer past Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov for his eighth goal of the season. Coming into tonight the Bruins were ranked 30th in the NHL on the power-play at home, so it has to feel good to be producing on TD Garden ice (interesting note: they're second in the NHL on the power-play on the road).
Kelly and Paille Convert: Not long after Seguin scored, Chris Kelly potted a goal from recent call-up Jordan Caron for his second goal of the season. Also earning an assist on the play was Rich Peverley, which marks his 200th NHL point. The B's continued their tenacity in the closing minutes first period with the Merlot line producing the Bruins third goal of the game. Shawn Thornton caused a turnover at the blueline and took a hit, as Daniel Paille was streaking in. Also assisting on the play with Shawn Thornton was forward Gregory Campbell, who fed the speedy Paille down the middle. All three goals in the first period came with a span of 2:18 on three consecutive shots on net for the Bruins, who only put up six shots on goal total in the first.
Boychuk and Hartnell Exchange Words: About five minutes into the first, Flyers forward Scott Hartnell landed a hard hit on B's defenseman Johnny Boychuk leading the two having a fiery exchange of words. Keep an eye on those two as the game progresses to see if the two decide engage one another.
PK Tested: At just 1:03 into the first period, the Bruins league leading penalty kill was put to test the after David Krejci was sent to box for two minutes on a holding call. The B's came up successful on their 87th PK attempt of the year and were able to clog up the zone and not allow a shot on goal. The Flyers coming into today were successful on 10 of their last 27 chances on the power play chances, making the B's stop that much more critical.
Rask Rebounding: Rask came into today 0-1-1 in his last two starts with the intent to turn it around. Starting strong, Rask was able to turn away all six shots on net thrown at him from the Flyers.
12:20 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots:
Match-up: The Bruins come into today looking to carry momentum from the Thursday's victory over the Maple Leafs, after losing two straight to the Canadiens and Capitals earlier in the week.
Tuukka Gets the Start: Head Coach Claude Julien confirmed during pregame media availability at 11:50 a.m. that Tuukka Rask would get the start against the Flyers this afternoon.
Goaltending Duel: Rask (11-2-3, 2.09 GAA, .923 Save %) vs. Bryzgalov (11-10-1, 2.79 GAA, .899 Save %). Rask is 2-0-1 with a 2.27 GAA and a .926 Save % in three career against the Philadelphia Flyers. Bryzgalov is 5-2-3 with a 2.59 GAA and .923 Save % in 10 career games against Boston.
Bruins Lineup: According to line rushes in warm ups, the B's expected lines can be found below. Jordan Caron, recalled Friday from Providence, is in the lineup, while Jay Pandolfo, Lane MacDermid and Aaron Johnson are the healthy scratches.
League Leaders: Patrice Bergeron’s leads the B's with +17 plus/minus rating which is is tied for first in the NHL…Linemate Brad Marchand is atop several NHL categories: 30% shooting percentage (1st NHL), two shorthanded goals and points (T-1st NHL), four game winning goals (T-3rd NHL), 15 plus/minus rating (T-3rd NHL), 12 goals (T-6th NHL).
Streaking: Brad Marchand is currently riding a four-game point streak, registering seven points during that span (2-5=7). Linemates David Krejci and Milan Lucic are riding point streaks as well, registering 1-2=3 and 0-2=2 totals respectively in their last two games.
Milestones Approaching: Bruins forward Rich Peverley is currently one point shy of 200 NHL points.
Flyers PP/PK Prowess: The Flyers special teams play has been solid of late, going 20-22 on the penalty kill in their last six games. Offensively, Philadelphia has been hot on the power play covering on 10 of their last 37 power play chances in their last six games.
Reminiscing: On January 1, 2010 the Bruins and Flyers squared off in Fenway Park for the NHL's annual outdoor Winter Classic game. The Bruins won in overtime to become the first team to win at home in Winter Classic history. Shawn Thornton and Daniel Carcillo also became to the first two NHL players to fight in a Winter Classic game.
Special Teams Comparison:
Boston: 10-for-66 on the PP (15.2%, 23rd in NHL), 79-for-86 on the PK (91.9%, 1st in NHL)
Philadelphia: 24-for-103 on the PP (23.5, 5th in NHL), 83-for-103 on the PK (82.9, T-10th in NHL)