Philadelphia rode a nine-game losing streak into their Saturday matinee meeting with Boston. In the Flyers most recent 3-1 defeat to the San Jose Sharks at home on Tuesday, a chant formed among the crowd, calling for the firing of head coach Dave Hakstol. Boston entered the afternoon fresh off a win Wednesday against the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. With Tuukka Rask in net for a second consecutive game, the team looked to build on their success on the road.
There was significant action in the first twenty minutes of the game. A fight broke out between Wayne Simmonds and Kevan Miller not quite half way through the period.
The Flyers came out hard to start the second period, making a noticeable effort to get more pucks on net. Despite this, the Bruins would be the next to strike, adding to their lead with a goal from David Pastrnak. Patrice Bergeron won a faceoff forward in the left circle of the Philadelphia end. Pastrnak would pick the puck up on the other side, and fire a shot top-shelf past Elliott.
It was deemed that Simmonds, in front of the Bruin goal, knocked into the head of Tuukka Rask with his forearm, disallowing the would-have-been power play tally.
Philadelphia would get two power play opportunities in the third period on high-sticking penalties from McAvoy and David Krejci. Despite the chances, the Flyers would be unable to capitalize. No goals would be scored in the period, despite a puck entering the Philadelphia net that was eventually called off because it was high-sticked into the net by Acciari.
Final Score: Boston 3 / Philadelphia 0
Philadelphia outshot Boston 10-4 in the period, giving them a slight advantage in the game overall 28-27. The Flyers outhit the Bruins 19-13, while winning 53.7% of faceoffs.
Next Game: Monday, December 4th at Nashville 8pm EST.
For Boston heading into the afternoon, the game plan needed to involve keeping the floundering Philadelphia Flyers from gaining momentum early on in the game. It is easy to lose against a team, regardless of who they are, if you take them for granted. The Bruins came out strong and continued to play well throughout the entire 60 minutes to maintain control over the Flyers.
After Brad Marchand took a hit from Ivan Provorov, he seemed to be more energized than earlier on in the game. He scored a goal and recorded an assist in the victory.
Boston heads into Nashville Monday to play a team that is polar opposite of the Flyers in regard to the success they have had this season. While Saturday’s win was encouraging to see if you are a Bruins fan, the real test for this team will come if they continue to have success against other teams in the league that are playing at a high level.