The Bruins scored early and often in their 6-0 beating of the Flyers earlier today in Philadelphia. Benoit Pouliot netted the game-winner in the first minute of the game as Tim Thomas denied 31 shots in his fourth shutout of the season. Ilya Bryzgalov was pulled 7:06 into the second period after he allowed his fifth goal on the 20th shot he faced. Zdeno Chara had the Goride Howe hat trick while Rich Peverley had three assists as the loss ended the Flyers’ seven-game winning streak and improved Boston’s winning streak to four games.
Boston may have scored six goals, but all they needed was Pouliot’s tally. As Peverley stopped just inside the Flyers’ blue line, he threw the puck to the slot, where it hit off of Pouliot’s left skate and past Bryzgalov to give the visitors a lead 27 seconds into the game.
Pouliot’s goal was a sign of things to come for Philly.
In an admirable effort to shift the momentum back in his team’s favor, Jody Shelley dropped the gloves with Chara in the Bruins’ defensive zone. After both fighters were unable to land any big punches, Chara took Shelley down to the ice as the fans at the Well rose to their feet cheering on the bruiser and his teammates.
Unfortunately for Shelley and the Flyers, they found themselves in an early two-goal hole due to Daniel Paille’s sixth goal of the season.
As the Bruins cycled in the Flyers’ zone, Joe Corvo let go of a shot from the point that bounced back to Dennis Seidenberg, who was placed on the other side of the blue line. Ripping a shot as soon as he controlled the puck, Seidenberg forced Bryzgalov to create a rebound for Paille at the bottom of the faceoff circle to the goalie’s right. After Paille’s goal, the Bruins had a multi-goal lead at the 2:50 mark.
The game was seperated by the pair of goals for a few minutes before the Flyers were hit with a too many men on the ice minor 7:59 into the game.
With the man advantage only nine seconds old, Chara checked off his second task needed for the Gordie Howe hat trick as he blasted home his seventh of the season with Zac Rinaldo in the sin bin.
As Peverley received the puck at the point after his team won the faceoff in the offensive zone, he glided it over to Chara, who stood next to the players’ benches. Chara passed it to David Krejci at the top of the circles before the forward slid it back to the hulking defender, who then decided to slap a shot through traffic. Finding its way through the mass of bodies in front of the net, as well as Bryzgalov, Chara gave his team a 3-0 stranglehold just 8:08 after the opening faceoff.
After killing off a Max Talbot roughing minor, along with blowing a power-play opportunity with Shawn Thornton in the box for Boston’s too many men on the ice minor, the Flyers found themselves in some trouble as they awarded the Bruins a two-man advantage for 1:56.
With Scott Hartnell already in the box for tripping, Braydon Coburn sent a slap shot from his own defensive zone over the glass behind Thomas just four seconds later to give the Bruins a chance to rack up a few more goals.
The Bruins didn’t miss the opportunity as they put home their fourth of the game while enjoying the 5-on-3 power play.
After a good keep by Nathan Horton, Corvo let go of a shot from the point. Standing in front of Bryzgalov for the screen, Milan Lucic managed to deflect the shot past the struggling netminder for his 11th of the season as the Bruins got their second power-play goal of the period and enjoyed a 4-0 lead with only 2:50 left before the first intermission.
Recognizing his team needed some kind of spark, Hartnell attempted to redeem himself for his penalty earlier that turned into a Bruins’ goal. After taking a run at Brad Marchand in the Bruins’ defensive zone, Hartnell defended himself very well against Johnny Boychuk, who ripped Hartnell’s jersey during the bout and received an instigating minor as well.
Another dust-up occurred less than a minute later as both Peverley and Jakub Voracek received roughing minors with only 1:48 left in the first period.
At the end of the first, the Bruins headed into the second period with a 4-0 lead and all the momentum.
The Flyers were doing a great job of fending off the Bruins from adding on to their lead until James van Riemsdyk was tagged with a roughing minor a little over six minutes into the second period.
Chara released another blast from the point on the power play, but this time it was another Bruin who put home the biscuit to add on to their insurmountable lead.
As the speeding puck hit Bryzgalov’s pads after Chara’s blast, it bounced out to Horton standing at the bottom of the faceoff circle to Bryzgalov’s right. Making it look rather easy, Horton grabbed the rebound, moved out of Bryzgalov’s reach, and slammed home his ninth of the season to give Boston a 5-0 lead 7:06 into the middle stanza.
Peter Laviolette had finally seen enough of Bryzgalov and replaced him with Sergei Bobrovsky.
Bobrovsky kept the Bruins from scoring for the remainder of the period, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t any excitement before the third period.
With just under four minutes left in the period, Lucic checked Rinaldo from behind and face-first into the boards. Naturally, tempers flared after such an action in a game that was already seperated by five goals.
After Wayne Simmonds came in to stick up for his teammate by yelling at Lucic, Rinaldo decided to defend himself. Instead of fighting Lucic, however, Rinaldo fought Horton landing several punches before the fight was over.
Lucic received a five-minute major for checking from behind as the Flyers had a decent chance to deposit a few goals to make the game interesting.
The power play that covered the final 3:39 of the second period and the first 1:21 of the third period was similar to the rest of the Flyers’ game as they pelted the Boston goaltender with several shots, but failed to put any over the goal line.
Adding on to the fact they were being blown out and couldn’t muster a single goal on a five-minute power play, Tyler Seguin potted his 14th of the season 12:12 into the third period.
Walking over the blue line and right into the slot, Seguin let go of a wrister that befuddled the back-up goalie for a meaningless tally in a game that was already decided.
The final 7:49 painfully ticked off the clock for the Flyers and their home crowd as the team dropped their first home game since their 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on November 21st.
The Bruins may have dominated the Flyers all game long, but there are some minor positives to take out of the loss. For instance, no matter who is expected to play or not play, the Flyers’ as a whole aren’t going to accept losing. Even though they couldn’t find the back of the net, the Flyers fought their way to proving a point to Boston that it wasn’t going to be an easy victory. The Bruins won 6-0, but they needed to handle themselves physically and will need to handle themselves physically next time these two teams meet up as the Flyers will not forget this horrible performance.
Notes: Today was the second time the Flyers have been shut out this season as Henrik Lundqvist shut out Philly on November 26th…The Flyers have lost seven of their last eight against the Boston Bruins…This was the second time all season Rinaldo has racked up 17 PIM in a game with his first being against the Kings on October 15th…This was Peverley’s first three-point game of the season…Three Flyers finished the day with a plus/minus rating of minus-2: Matt Carle, Harry Zolnierczyk, and Andrej Meszaros…Today was the first time the Flyers have lost by six or more goals since their 7-0 beating in New York against the Rangers on March 6th…Today’s first period was the first time all season the Flyers have allowed four goals in a period…The Flyers dropped to 1-1-0 against the Bruins this season and to 7-2-0 against the Northeast Division overall (BOS 1-1-0, BUF 2-0-0, TOR 1-0-0, OTT 1-0-0, MTL 2-1-0).