Kelly, Paille Contribute in Hot Start vs Flyers
Depth shows, as Chris Kelly & Dan Paille add quick strikes to give B's cushion en route to 3-0 shutout
And the Black & Gold certainly gave the charged crowd a show in the first period, when they scored three quick strikes in that span to take a 3-0 lead.
Having gotten an offensive explosion from the line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin lately, the B's got some additional scoring Saturday, with Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille finding the back of the net.
But first, it was the hot hands of Tyler Seguin, who converted on the Bruins first power play of the game - a power play that came into the game ranked 30th at home this season. Seguin now has five goals in as many games, two of those on the man-advantage.
After David Krejci took a faceoff, Phildelphia couldn't clear the puck and Dougie Hamilton kept in, feeding Krejci, who then sent it down to Lucic. No. 17, big and furious in front, spun and made a no-look backhand pass through the Philly defender to Seguin at the bottom of the left faceoff circle for the one-timer.
"He certainly did a great job - that was a good shot through, he didn’t have that much space with the player that was in the shooting lane. I thought he did a good job with that, and certainly that helps our power play," Coach Julien said of Seguin's effort to get the B's on the board 11:53 into the first.
Seguin's goal was only the B's second shot of the game on Ilya Bryzgalov, but they made up for it quickly, with three straight shots and three straight goals.
Just 1:25 after Seguin charged the crowd, it was the line of Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley and the addition of Jordan Caron - in his season debut after being recalled from Providence Friday - who put together a full effort for the 2-0 lead.
Peverley started off the O-zone pressure with a shot from the top of the right circle, before Zdeno Chara worked to keep the puck in at the blueline, working it to Jordan Caron. The big power forward then had a give-and-go with Peverley, before battling for the puck in the corner, and finding Chris Kelly at the bottom of the circle a second before the Flyers defenseman closed in on him.
And Kelly didn't hit the post this time. As evidenced by the double fist-pump that ensued, and marked his second goal of the season.
"The last game he hit the post and Pevs missed the open net right after that. So, it was nice to get at least a little bit of a reward and they were on the plus side today, which is also probably something they’re happy with," said Coach Julien.
"Yeah, he probably was pretty happy," said Caron, on the goal celebration by the center. "I’m pretty happy for him, as well. He scored a lot of goals last year, and he’s a really good player, and I think he’s going to get a lot more."
"It was nice to see it go in," added Kelly. "Not relieved, but just happy."
Merlot Line Showcases B's Depth
He wasn't the only one feeling it, though - the B's bench fed off the energy surge from the two quick tallies, and decided that they would add another, off the stick of the speedy Daniel Paille just 43 seconds after Kelly's tally.
"There's been no mistake about it, that our top two lines have been generating all the scoring for us," said Kelly postgame, when asked about getting goals from the third and fourth lines. "It was nice to contribute - my line and Soupy's line - to not necessarily give them a night off, but relieve some of the pressure, because we can't rely on them each and every night to produce."
Not only did the contributions come from Kelly and Paille, but from their linemates' work to set up the goals.
The forecheck of Gregory Campbell helped disrupt Sean Couturier skating out of the zone, before Shawn Thornton battled at the blueline and dumped the puck in while taking a hit the held up the Flyers. Campbell was there along the right wing boards to quickly make a heads-up play to Paille streaking towards the net. Stickhandle, backhander, and under the left pad of Bryzgalov. 3-0.
"I guess he tried to put it through me," Thornton said of the turnover by Couturier. "I got enough of it to be able to keep it and I just threw it into an area I knew Soupy was going to."
"I was trying to make a pass but I knew I was getting hit," said the forward, who in addition to getting an assist on Paille's goal, dropped the gloves with Zac Rinaldo after he up-ended Johnny Boychuk and charged the crowd in the second period.
"So I just tried to get it to an area where he could get it but he made the unbelievable play to Piesy and Piesy with a great finish."
"He definitely sacrificed his body there, for me to sneak through," said Paille on his line mate's effort. "It worked out really nice, and I just kind of stood by the couple of defenders and had an open chance."
"We’re not going to play as much as everyone, but we have chances every game," Paille added, on his famed Merlot Line. "We like them to go in every time, but it’s not always going to happen that way, but it was good to see us contribute tonight."
"I think right now we’re a lot more confident in our ability, in our play, and realizing all of that, we can definitely roll four lines a lot more."
"And as long as we believe that we should be alright."
"It’s a lot easier when you’re playing consistently, with a rhythm. You get into the game very good, and that’s pretty much what we’ll go out to do and try to give some rest," Paille said, on helping out the top lines.
"Especially with the schedule we’re going to have for the upcoming weeks."