Flyers lose 6-5 SO to Bruins in Thriller

Published on January 22nd, 2012

Scott Hartnell about to score | Source: Andrew King

by Mike del Tufo

Sunday, January 22, 2012
The Philadelphia Flyers fell to the Boston Bruins in an exciting 6-5 game that was decided in a shoot-out.  The Flyers battled back from a 2-goal deficit in the 2nd period and a 1-goal deficit in the 3rd to force overtime.  The Flyers have really struggled in shoot-outs since they were introduced in the NHL in 2005.  As expected, they did not fare well in one on this day and lost the game cause of it.

For this game, Tim Thomas started in net for the Bruins and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Schenn-Hartnell
Couturier-Read-Simmonds
Talbot-Voracek-Sestito
Holmstrom-Zolnierczyk-Shelley

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

The Bruins came out with a lot of jump and got a quick breakaway by Chris Kelly less than 15 seconds into the game.  Bryzgalov stopped that but at 0:50 Patrice Bergeron fought off Wayne Simmonds and banged it into the goal.  Flyers Tom Sestito and Bruins Milan Lucic then dropped the gloves at 1:24.  The Flyers taking some momentum from that bout tied the game at 2:05 when Max Talbot banked it in.  The Flyers then killed off a 5-on-3 Bruins power-play in the 1st half of this period.  The Bruins, however, got another power-play soon after that and this time converted when Tyler Seguin scored at 9:01.  Lucic followed that up by snapping it past Bryzgalov at 12:30 to put the Bruins up 3-1. 

Flyers surged at the beginning of the 2nd period as Scott Hartnell scored on the power-play at 3:23.  Hartnell then scored again at 7:25 to tie the game 3-3.  Right after that at 7:28, Bruins Shawn Thornton and Flyers Jody Shelley had a heavyweight battle.  Hartnell then finished off the natural hat-trick at 19:13 with another power-play goal.  The referees opted to send the teams to the locker room with 46 seconds left as the ice was swarmed with hats.  They tacked that extra time onto the 3rd period. 

David Krejci scored for the Bruins to tie it at 1:19 of the 3rd period.  Lucic got an assist on this goal to complete the Gordie Howe hat-trick.  The Bruins then retook the lead at 4:59 when Gregory Campbell tipped in a wrap-around by Daniel Paille.  The Flyers persevered and tied it on the power-play at 10:38 when Talbot got his 2nd of the game on a deflection. 

The teams went to overtime tied 5-5.  The Bruins got a power-play but the Flyers were strong on the puck and had a convincing penalty-kill.  Next up was the shoot-out.  The Flyers went first and Matt Read was stopped.  The teams then traded goals as Krejci scored for the Bruins and Giroux for the Flyers.  Seguin then went for the Bruins and beat Bryzgalov which put the game on Simmonds’ stick for the Flyers.  His attempt was denied by Thomas and the Bruins secured a 6-5 victory.

On the game, Hartnell said, “It was great.  Great game for a fan.  If only we could have gotten two points at the end of the night.. But all the hits and all the fights, the goals both ways, us having a poor start and coming back and getting the lead.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to hold on, but an exciting game to be a fan.  Obviously, we’re fans as we’re playing, but still disappointing after not getting two points.”

He continued, “After a poor start, I think we played our game kind of perfectly.  We got pucks, we were physical.  I’m not sure how many times (Zdeno) Chara got hit, but that was our main focus, to hit him, get bodies on him, go at him with speed and hopefully he’ll turn it over.  Not just him, but all of their d and we were able to get some goals.  Unfortunately, like I said, we weren’t able to hold on to it.”

The Flyers next game is Tuesday in Florida vs. the Panthers.

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