Shots on Goal: Bruins topple Philly, 6-3
Four second period goals by the Boston Bruins fueled their 6-3 victory Saturday afternoon over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.
For some reason the Bruins are a better team on the road than on home ice. Saturday’s contest started out looking like it was going to be another rough day when Flyers winger Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored on a tip-in a mere 2:05 into the game. This was before Brad Marchand got going.
Marchand celebrated his 500th career NHL game with a five-point effort, (2 goals, 3 assists). His first score nullified the Philly lead with a shorthanded goal at 7:48 of the first.
David Krejci got in on the action in the second when he fired a wrister from the left side past Philly netminder Michal Neuvirth to put the Bruins up 2-1. Boston defenseman Torey Krug and Marchand combined to extend the lead to 3-1.
Bayden Schenn brought the Flyers within a goal with a power-play tally at the 8:16 mark.
Marchand assisted on the next two Boston goals, the first on Patrice Bergeron’s power-play score at 13:04 and then on Zdeno Chara’s one-timer to put the home team up 5-2.
Philadelphia showed some signs of life before the second frame ended, chipping away at the lead with a Wayne Simmonds goal during a 5-on-3 power-play. Jakub Voracek battled for the puck in the lower right corner and centered a pass to Simmonds on the far side of the crease, who knocked it home for his team leading 18th goal.
An empty net goal by Marchand in the final minute of the game capped off his five-point afternoon.
Michal Neuvirth (6-3-0) took the loss for Philadelphia halting 33 of 39 shots on goal.
Tuukka Rask, who left the previous game against Nashville early due to a shot to the neck, was none the worse for wear. He said he felt fine and it showed, stopping 21 of 24 shots for his 22nd win of the season.