Did anyone know that there was a Bruins game on Sunday? With the other happenings existing in the world of sports, it was understandable if it slipped the minds of B's fans. Their opponent? The Philadelphia Flyers.
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was suspended three games for his hit on New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh Saturday afternoon. He was replaced by Steven Kampfer, who brings a much more fast-paced, puck-moving style to the lineup. It turns out he was nothing more than a target in this game.
The game was physical as physical can be. Even though the B's blanked Philadelphia 6-0 in their last meeting, this was a different team they were facing. The Philly roster was heavily different since they lost five players due to injury. They are dropping like Fly-er-s. Har Har Har.
Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly had fights in the opening period. Kelly responded to Brayden Schenn's beautiful hit on Kampfer in the defensive zone. Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov got involved in the action when he roughed up Brad Marchand, who got pushed into Bryzgalov by a Flyer.
Shawn Thornton beat up on Jody Shelly in the second period. Once again, Thornton provided a spark for the Bruins by dropping the gloves.
At the end of two periods, Philly had a 4-3 lead. Scott Hartnell recorded a natural hat-trick in the second period to put the Flyers on top for the first time in the game. Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin, and Lucic had the three goals for Boston.
Nathan Horton left the game at some point in the third period for unknown reasons.
Fatigue began to set in for both teams as the physical play slightly continued. At the same time, both teams had several chances to score. It was David Krejci that tied the game at four after tipping the puck in off of a shot by Rich Peverley. Gregory Campbell later poked a goal in to put the B's back on top.
The Flyers tied the game up once again with the help from the power play. The game ended up going into overtime. After a scoreless overtime, Tim Thomas came up huge in the shootout by stopping two shots. Krejci and Seguin had the shootout goals for the Bruins. Boston won this game by a score of 6-5
The Bruins have one last game before the All-Star break. It will be this Tuesday night on the road against the Washington Capitals.
Gold Star: Milan Lucic (Gordie Howe hat-trick)...Solid game for the winger.
Black Star: Joe Corvo...When is enough enough already?