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In a game that had a playoff-like atmosphere on Wednesday night, the Flyers took down the Boston Bruins by a score of 3-2. The Flyers overcame Boston’s strong special teams play and rode two goal third period to walk away with two points. Steve Mason had 30 saves and was generally very strong in the win.
While the first period was a fairly even one, Boston saw most of the quality chances early on. As the Flyers began to settle in, the Claude Giroux line began spending most of their time in the Boston zone. This finally resulted in a goal when Jakub Voracek put home a rebound late in the period.
With the Flyers entering the second up by a goal, the Bruins would exert their special teams dominance on the way to a 2-1 third period lead. This started with a Kevan Miller goal and then continued with some dominant power play work. The Flyers looked very uninspiring on two early power plays while the Bruins generated a couple high quality shorthanded chances. After an Evgeny Medvedev penalty with four minutes left, Boston quickly grabbed a lead when a wide open Loui Eriksson put a rebound around Steve Mason’s pad.
The Flyers, however, came out to play in the third period. Behind the strong play of the Giroux line once again, they ultimately tied the game on a Wayne Simmonds goal with just over 10 minutes gone in the period. They wouldn’t have to wait long to take the lead, as Mark Streit put home the go-ahead goal just over a minute later.
Despite a frantic, playoff-like final two minutes, the Flyers were able to hold the Bruins off and secure a big, big win. Philadelphia is now just two spots back of the final wild card spot with games in hand on every team in front of them. Some more takes:
- The Claude Giroux line was absolutely ridiculous tonight. Both Giroux and Voracek finished the game with three points each, while Giroux and Voracek both posted CF% numbers north of 60%. Great to see.
- They were able to do this thanks in part to the work of Sean Couturier against the Marchand-Bergeron line. Couturier played over 10 minutes against each, working his way to a 53 CF% against both of them.
- Speaking of Couturier, he looks like a different player recently in the offensive zone. He is carrying the puck with confidence and playing with aggression that we haven’t seen him play with before. Great stuff over the last month from Couturier.
- Steve Mason was really good tonight. He made some spectacular saves, especially in the first two periods, to keep this game manageable. The win brings his season SV% up to .914.
- Flyers take on NYR this Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, and man oh man is that place going to be lit. Get ready.