Oliver Lauridsen scored his first NHL goal 11:31 into the second period, with some help from Boston’s Zdeno Chara. Lauridsen dumped the puck into the Bruins’ end, where Chara attempted to throw it back around the boards. Unfortunately for Boston, the puck rolled into the crease, hit goaltender Anton Khudobin’s stick, and went into the net.
Steve Mason looked terrific between the pipes, coming up with some major saves and allowing just two goals on 40 shots.
Coach Peter Laviolette was pleased with the backup’s performance, praising it after the game.
“He’s been pretty good for us since being here,” Laviolette told reporters in his post-game press conference. “His athleticism when he makes a save and gets over to another position to make a save. You start to see things in his game that are real positives.”
Simon Gagne also commended Mason’s efforts, saying that the goaltender’s confidence is getting bigger and bigger every game, and that it’s evident during every practice that he is getting better.
On the other end of the ice, Khudobin was pulled from the game after Lauridsen’s goal, the third he gave up, and Tuukka Rask didn’t fare much better as the Flyers scored two during his 28:29 of time in goal.
Scott Hartnell scored just 1:40 into the first period, an unassisted shot to put the Flyers up 1-0 early on. About three minutes later, Boston’s Wade Redden scored a wrister that barely made it over the goal line to tie the game, a score that remained until the second period.
Just a little over halfway through the second period, Matt Read batted his own rebound out of the air from the right side of the crease with an assist by Wayne Simmonds, to put the Flyers ahead again. Seven seconds later, Lauridsen’s first NHL goal gave the Flyers the 3-1 lead.
The Flyers went up 4-1 just over five and a half minutes into the third period on a nifty backhander from Jakub Voracek, his 21st of the season, on a breakaway.
Three minutes later, the Bruins finally bit back with a goal from David Krejci. However, the two-goal deficit didn’t last for very long, as Simon Gagne scored his fifth of the season just thirteen seconds later, giving the game what would be its final score, 5-2.
Notes: Before the game, a video tribute to the city of Boston was shown, one that Peter Laviolette said “gave me goosebumps”… The Flyers’ 50/50 raffle, which usually benefits Flyers Charities, reached $85,595. Half will be donated to onefundboston.org…The three stars of the game, as chosen by Randy Miller of the Courier Post, were the City of Boston, the Boston First Responders, and the Boston Police… Luke Schenn had a very strong game, logging about 22 minutes on the ice, eight hits, and finishing with a plus-3… Claude Giroux had a two-point night, with assists on the Voracek and Gagne goals… The Flyers will take on the New York Islanders on Thursday night, their final home game of the 2012-13 season….The two goals in seven seconds tied a club record for the fastest in one period, matching similar efforts on December 2, 1986 in a 7-1 win over St. Louis and December 27, 1988 in a 4-3 loss at Washington.