Goal-scoring extraordinaire Brett Connolly tipped home the game-winning goal with 1:54 remaining in the game to seal a 3-2 win over the Flyers Monday night in Philly.
With the game knotted at two following a Wayne Simmonds goal, Zdeno Chara fired a wrist shot towards net that was deflected in by Connolly, sending the team home with a big two points.
Connolly now has three goals in his last 36 games. Don’t let him get hot!!
Tuukka Rask was laser-focused all night, and made 34 saves on 36 shots, including a highlight-reel save on Simmonds.
The Bruins were sluggish in the game’s opening minutes, but turned it around as the period went on.
After not scoring a power play goal in five straight games, the Bruins had two opportunities in the first period, and made the Flyers pay both times. The first goal came at 5:04 of the opening frame. Ryan Spooner fed Bergeron with a pass in the slot, and he slid a wrister under Michal Neuvirth after his initial shot was blocked.
Bergy is now riding a five-game point streak (four goals, two assists). He has a total of 19 goals in 48 games played this season, after scoring 23 in 81 last year.
Following the opening goal, momentum completely swung in Boston’s favor, and it was able to control the majority of the period.
David Pastrnak drew a slashing penalty late in the period, which paved the way for a gorgeous goal made possible by Zdeno Chara. Big Z walked down the left side boards and threaded a cross-ice pass to Marchand, who fired a one-timer over Neuvirth to extend the lead to 2-0.
This marked Marchy’s team-leading 20th goal of the season. He has a goal in each of his last five games, and has a six-game point streak overall (five goals, one assist).
The Bruins finished the first period with a 16-8 shot advantage.
The second period was a different story (shocker). Puck management was not there, leading to four straight penalties by the Bruins within the first eleven minutes. Luckily, the Flyers only converted on one of their opportunities.
About four minutes into the period, a shot from the point left a rebound for Flyers’ forward Brayden Schenn, who dished the puck to a wide-open Wayne Simmonds for an easy tap-in, cutting the lead to 2-1.
This goal snapped the Bruins’ penalty kill streak at 26.
Philly outshot Boston 15-6 in the middle period and had plenty of scoring chances, but Rask stood tall to preserve the lead.
The third period was a little too close for comfort, as both teams had numerous scoring chances. The Flyers’ goal came on a rebound out front, but the play was reviewed for offsides. It was extremely close, but it did look like it was offsides, even without my Bruins glasses on. It was deemed a good goal, and marked yet another blown third period lead.
It did not matter in the end, as the B’s claimed the two points, and moved up the Atlantic Division standings. They have a one point lead over Tampa for third in the division, while trailing Detroit by one point with a game in hand.
The Bruins are right back at it on Tuesday when the Ducks come to town for the last game before the All-Star break.
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