The Philadelphia Flyers grabbed two points today with a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins today at the Wells Fargo Center. The trio of Mike Knuble, Matt Read, and Ruslan Fedotenko found the back of the net today, as the only visitor to beat Ilya Bryzgalov in victory was Nathan Horton. Bryz had 33 saves to Tuukka Rask’s 19, as Rask allowed two goals on 21 shots.
With both teams coming off of bad losses, the Flyers scored the game’s first two goals and managed to earn two points despite being outshot 34-22 in the tilt. Thanks to Bryzgalov’s goaltending and Philly’s ability to not get caught in their own zone too often, the Orange and Black walked away with a decision over one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Knuble, who served as a healthy scratch for eight consecutive games before taking part in Thursday’s loss to the New York Islanders, recorded a goal for the second straight contest.
“You never lose your confidence as a player. As a player, you always want to prove yourself,” Knuble said after the victory. “I’m not going to lie, it’s satisfying the way things have gone for me the past couple of games.”
“You got to give Mike a lot of credit for sitting and then coming in and being an impact player,” Peter Laviolette said following the win. “It was really difficult to get the puck from him. (His) line maintained a lot of offensive zone time.”
Laviolette also talked about the impact of the team’s physical play, which included Brayden Schenn, who knocked over Zdeno Chara with a check, and Zac Rinaldo, who compiled 12 hits.
“The guys were focused today. Some guys had some big hits, which I think adds to the physicality of the game. You look at Brayden Schenn, and what he did physically, and certainly Zac. It may not mean as much in the box score, but if you watch the games you see how much of an impact (Rinaldo) has.”
A power-play tally from Knuble was the only difference between the teams after 20 minutes, as things got a little heated at the end of the frame.
With Chara in the sin bin for holding Jakub Voracek in the Bruins’ zone, Knuble was the recipient of a pass from the younger Schenn that set up the forward for his second goal in as many games.
Sean Couturier tossed a pass from the point to the younger Schenn, who caught the dish on the goal line to Rask’s left. Schenn then chipped a pass to Knuble, who whacked one by Rask’s glove for his fourth of the campaign with 4:41 left in the stanza.
In the final minute of the first period, a scrum along the boards near the penalty boxes resulted in four roughing minors being called with just under 44 seconds remaining until the first intermission.
After a skirmish happened at the Flyers’ blue line near the boards, and featured Claude Giroux and Patrice Bergeron earning matching roughing minors, Chara and Luke Schenn skated away from the group. The tandem shoved each other multiple times before both players dropped their gloves. Chara tried to throw a punch, but it wasn’t the strongest swing. Schenn then fell to the ice and took down the Bruins’ captain with him to earn coincidental minors.
The final moments of the period featured a few end-to-end chances to both teams, but failed to produce the contest’s second tally, as the Flyers entered the second period up by one.
In the second frame, Read had several scoring chances and had one of them beat Rask to make it a two-goal game.
Seconds after a pass from Voracek just missed Giroux cross ice for an easy goal, Voracek regained possession of the puck and found Read across the ice at the dot to the right of Rask. Read beat Rask blocker side before the goaltender had time to move over for the save. The forward’s eighth of 2013 made it 2-0 for the Orange and Black 3:18 into the middle period.
Later in the period, Erik Gustafsson launched a pass from the corner to Bryzgalov’s left to Read, who caught the airborne disc at Boston’s blue line. With a defenseman to his left, Read ripped a shot off the crossbar to come within inches of extending the Flyers’ advantage to three goals.
Despite the Bruins’ ability to experience some sustained pressure in the Flyers’ zone, Bryzgalov and company kept all 24 of Boston’s shots after two periods from finding the back of the cage.
In the final period, Horton beat Bryzgalov to cut the deficit to one with exactly 15 minutes left in regulation.
A Dennis Seidenberg shot from the point reached Bryz and created a rebound for Horton in front. The forward slammed it home for his 10th of the campaign and put the Bruins back to within one.
The Flyers kept Boston from scoring for the remainder of the contest and an empty-net tally from Fedotenko came from the neutral zone with 59 seconds left to finalize the score.
The Orange and Black hope to win their second straight game tomorrow when they host the Washington Capitals.
Notes: The win ends Boston’s six-game winning streak in Philadelphia. The last time the Flyers beat the Bruins at home was in Game 6 of the 2010 ECSF…The last time Knuble recorded goals in back-to-back games was last season, when he was a member of the Washington Capitals. He scored against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 18th and the Detroit Red Wings the following day…Couturier’s secondary assist on Knuble’s goal ended his 15-game point drought, as his last point was the secondary assist on Nicklas Grossmann’s goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 20th…Today was fan appreciation day for the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. The players tossed out shirts and took part in giving fans the jerseys off their backs on the ice after the game…Oliver Lauridsen made his NHL debut today for Philly. He had two PIMs, a shot on net, three hits, and three blocked shots in 17:12 TOI…Giroux’s four-game point streak was snapped today. Philly’s captain had two goals and four assists during the streak…The Flyers improved to 3-5 in two-goal games and to 11-4-2 when scoring first…Philly improved to 8-2-1 when leading after one period and to 11-0-4 when leading after two periods…The Orange and Black were outshot 34-22 and improved to 6-7-1 in games where the opposition has more shots on net. The last time the Flyers won when the other team had 12 or more shots on net was on February 2nd, when Philly beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 despite being outshot 42-24…The ‘Walk Together Forever’ statue was unveiled in front of Xfinity Live! before the game…Earlier today, the Flyers acquired defenseman Kent Huskins from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. He was minus-3 and failed to record a point in 11 games with the Wings…The Flyers improved to 1-1-0 against the Bruins this season and to 3-5-0 against the Northeast Division this year (MTL 0-1-0, BOS 1-1-0, OTT 1-0-0, TOR 0-2-0, BUF 1-1-0)…The Flyers improved to 14-17-3 on the year. They were 21-9-4 after 34 games last season.