Bruins End Flyers’ Win Streak

Published on December 17th, 2011

Chara and Jagr battling | Source: Andrew King

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday, December 17, 2011
The Boston Bruins blew out the Philadelphia Flyers 6-0 in a very ugly game for the home team.  The loss ended the Flyers’ 7-game winning streak.

Tim Thomas started in net for the Bruins and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Couturier-Jagr-Hartnell
Briere-Read-Simmonds
Talbot-JVR-Voracek
Zolnierczyk-Rinaldo-Shelley

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Marshall
Carle-Meszaros
Coburn-Bourdon

The Bruins wasted no time scoring 27 seconds into the game.  Benoit Pouliot directed the puck in from Rich Peverley.  2 minutes into the period, Flyers Jody Shelley and Bruins captain Zdeno Chara then dropped the gloves in a heavyweight battle.  The Bruins took the momentum from that bout and followed with 3 more goals to take a 4-0 lead.  Daniel Paille scored on the rebound at 2:50.  Then Chara scored on the power-play at 8:08.  Lastly Milan Lucic scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal to put Bruins up 4-0 at 17:10.  The Flyers also lost Sean Couturier for the rest of the game as he took a slapshot to the head from defenseman Kimmo Timonen.  It was certainly one of the Flyers’ worst periods of the season.

In the 2nd period, Bruins went up 5-0 when they scored yet another power-play goal.  Nathan Horton tallied with the man-advantage at 7:06.  It was the Bruins’ 3rd power-play goal of the game.  Sergei Bobrovsky then replaced Bryzgalov in goal.  The rough stuff really got going towards the end of this period after Lucic got a major and a game misconduct after a check from behind on Flyers Zac Rinaldo.  Rinaldo then fought Nathan Norton.

At 1:59 of the 3rd period, Rinaldo was given a 10-minute misconduct.  The referees probably made this call in the hopes of preventing this game from turning into a donnybrook.  Tyler Seguin scored at 12:12 of the 3rd period to put the Bruins up 6-0 and close the scoring.  It was a terrible game for the Flyers in every sense of the way. 

Flyers forward Danny Briere on the lopsided defeat said, “Nothing was going our way.  I really believe you create your own bounces and we weren’t ready off the get go.  Right off of the first drop of the puck we had too many guys that were… I think the mindset was more ‘let’s see if we can stay in this game, let’s see how it goes and we’ll kind of ease our way into the game.’  That’s the feeling that I got from a lot of guys around.  It’s certainly the wrong way to go about it when you’re facing a top team who are the defending Stanley Cup champions.  I think that puts us in trouble right off the start of the game and playing catch-up hockey against the Bruins is not the best thing.  You’re not going to give yourself the best chance to win that way.”

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren on Couturier, “Well we still don’t know.  He’s at the hospital being evaluated.  Fortunately, it [the puck] hit him in the helmet, but we thought it was best to just get him to the hospital and get checked.”

The Flyers next game is Monday at Colorado vs. the Avalanche.

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