In the beginning period, Boston controlled the game. 5:04 into the hockey game, Patrice Bergeron did what he does best, score. He netted his 19th goal of the season assisted by Ryan Spooner and David Krejci. The B’s continued the assault on the Flyers, until 17:27 had expired on the clock. Boston’s leading goal scorer, Brad Marchand got the second tally of the contest, assisted by captain Zdeno Chara and Colin Miller. That assist marked Miller’s 12th on the year while Chara’s gives him his 20th assist.
Boston outshot Philly 16-8 in the frame.
After a great first period. The Bruins fell asleep at the wheel and let Philly gain control. Only 3:45 into the second period, Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds netted his 13th of the year, putting the game within one single goal. The Bruins would never be able to regain that 2 goal lead. Shots for this period went the total opposite way, 15-6 Philadelphia.
After a solid first period from the Bruins and a solid second period from the Flyers, it made it look as though the final period would be entertaining. Throughout the first few minutes, not so much. No goals occurred until about 12 minutes in. Wayne Simmonds scored a controversial goal. It wasn’t the goal that was controversial, it was the play before that. Bruins HC Claude Julien challenged the play due to what looked like offside. The referees ruled it a good goal but multiple pictures across social media says otherwise. Here is just one of them:
Even though Boston didn’t agree with the call, they had to play to win. Chances piled up but no one could seem to score. Then, Brett Connolly scored his second goal in 26 games off a deflection thanks to a Zdeno Chara shot. Someone seems happy after this goal.
- Wayne Simmonds – PHI – 2 Goals
- Brett Connolly – BOS – 1 Goal
- Zdeno Chara – BOS – 2 Assists
Post Game Quotes:
“Everybody was pretty happy for him that he got the winner. He deserved it, the way he played.” – Claude Julien on Brett Connolly
“That’s what I’m most proud of from our win tonight — is how we didn’t let that [call] deter us.” – Claude Julien
“Definitely not the second period that we wanted. Too many penalties…We stayed with it and it was a big goal at the end for us.” – Patrice Bergeron
It should be an interesting game. Boston is looking to extend this little winning streak to three games, while they look to remain third in the Atlantic standings.
When asked if he’ll limit the physicality against his former teammates tonight, Beleskey grinned: “I think they know I’m gonna hit them.”
Beleskey talked about his favorite memories from ANA: “1st NHL goal–that was in Anaheim. Last year, the overtime winner in the playoffs.”
Ryan Getzlaf on Beleskey: “Skee’s a great kid. I’ve known Skee for a long time. As a person, he’s an awesome guy… and we miss him.”
Boudreau on Beleskey: “He’s a physical player, he plays strong, he cares — he does all of those good things that you need to do to win.”
Now that the Bruins got redemption on Philly, they need to get on the road back to Boston for a game against the Anaheim Ducks. Matt Beleskey’s first time playing against his old team.
The Ducks are 6 points out of the final wild card spot, but have won two in a row. With a possible return of a hight scoring Ducks lineup, will the B’s be able to slow down Anaheim’s upcoming momentum? Or will the Ducks work their way towards a playoff berth.