The Boston Bruins have the Montreal Canadiens. The Philadelphia Flyers have the Pittsburgh Penguins. Those are two of the biggest rivalries in the NHL right now.
However, when the Bruins and Flyers get together, the games are always heated and exciting.
For the first time this season, the Bruins welcomed their foes from Philly on Saturday afternoon. The Flyers were coming off of back-to-back losses, so this game was important for them.
Although this game was probably circled on the calendar of the Bruins, they did not expect the sudden changes that were going to be taken place on their roster. Jordan Caron was recalled from Providence after Chris Bourque cleared waivers. As for the game itself, Caron skated on the third line. Tuukka Rask was back between the pipes for Boston. With a busy schedule next week, it was good for Rask to get back in net.
In the first period, the Bruins came out strong. They were winning puck battles and did not give the Flyers many scoring chances. Their play resulted in a three-goal period. Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly, and Daniel Paille recorded the goals for the Black and Gold.
Usually when these two teams play each other, there is very little defense played. On this occasion, the B's shut down the Flyers all game long. Rask only had to make 23 saves in this game and that stemmed from a solid defensive outing.
Shawn Thornton, who recorded an assist on Paille's goal, dropped the gloves with Zac Rinaldo after he drilled Johnny Boychuk. There was nothing wrong with the hit, but the response was nice to see.
Overall, a good outing at home during a matinee game for the Bruins. They defeated the Flyers by a score of 3-0.
The Bruins will be back in action on Monday night when they take on the Ottawa Senators.
Gold Star: Chris Kelly...It was great to see him get back on the scoring sheet.
Black Star: Dougie Hamilton...He had a quite game from an offensive standpoint.