Saturday, March 17, 2012

Game Seventy One: Turning Things Around

It was about time that the Bruins got a matinee victory under their belt. They knocked off the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in a shootout.

Boston sprouted their St. Patrick's Day green sweaters during warmups. To be honest, that is the only place where they should be displayed. To the fans who wanted to see them worn during the game, shame on you. It is all about the black and gold. Enough of that.

Gregory Campbell got things started when he dropped the gloves with Zac Rinaldo in the first two minutes of the game. That sparked the B's to produce early in what was their best played period in quite some time. Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin each had a goal in the opening period.

Tim Thomas stood on his head for most of the game, making 27 saves on 29 shots. He did allow two goals in regulation which was a dramatic improvement compared to his most recent starts. Matt Read and Jakub Voracek were the goal scorers for the Flyers. The game remained tied at two through regulation and overtime.

In the shootout, David Krejci, Seguin, and Patrice Bergeron, each beat Flyers' goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov for a tally. Thomas stopped Danny Briere to preserve the victory.

The defense played solid in this game, specifically Greg Zanon who finished with a plus-2 rating. He replaced Joe Corvo in the lineup. Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg reunited in this game as the team's top defensive pair. Look for that pairing to make an impact down the stretch.

The Bruins will be back in action on Monday night when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Gold Star: Chris Kelly...His goal got things going and his effort in this game was immense.

Black Star: Milan Lucic...Usually he makes a statement in every game that he plays against the Flyers. Saturday was not one of those days.

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