BOSTON -- The Bruins turned an awfully boring first period into an exciting one, as they scored three goals in the final eight minutes of the period to take a 3-0 lead, which was all they needed on Saturday, as the B's defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 at the TD Garden.
Tuukka Rask made 23 saves to pick up his second shutout and 12th win of the season.
Tyler Seguin got the scoring started as he wristed home a shot from the left circle on a Bruins power play. Seguin caught a no-look backhand pass through the slot from Milan Lucic, and put it into the open net for the 1-0 lead with 8:07 left in the first.
Chris Kelly added another a minute-and-a-half later, as he caught a pass in the slot from Jordan Caron, who replaced Chris Bourque on the third line. Kelly took the pass from the corner, hesitated, and wristed it low-right for the 2-0 lead.
Then 43 seconds after that, Dan Paille stepped in all alone from the left side and caught a pass from Greg Campbell, where Paille then slipped it through Bryzgalov's five-hole for the 3-0 Bruins lead.
GOLD STAR: The third and fourth line provided the secondary scoring that the Bruins have been seeking through the course of the season, and helped boost Boston to a three goal lead over a Flyers team that was all too happy to capitulate. Chris Kelly powered in his second goal of the season with newly recalled Jordan Caron serving up a perfect feed, and Daniel Paille continued what’s been a very underrated season with his fourth goal of the season. Both goals took some of the pressure off the top two lines to score after Tyler Seguin had opened things up with a power play strike after the Bruins had skated the first 10 minutes of the game without a single shot on net.
BLACK EYE: Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek all finished with big minutes for the Flyers, and didn’t register a single shot on net. That’s as shocking a “no show” as you could ever hope to see from the Broad Street Bullies after they blew a four goal lead against the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last game. You’ve got to expect that big changes after coming from the Flyers when they had everything to play for on Saturday afternoon, and their biggest offensive guns decided not to show up. Giroux has seven goals in 26 games and is a minus-7 this season. It’s just not good.
TURNING POINT: The Bruins held the Flyers to seven shots on goal in the second period, and really clamped down defensively like they didn’t against the Capitals last week staked to a similar three-goal lead. Then Tuukka Rask loomed large in the third period during a couple of Flyers power plays when they sustained pressure in the offensive zone, but couldn’t get anything past the Finnish goalie. The combination of strong defensive presence plus secondary scoring makes Boston a far sight closer to the hockey club people are used to seeing in Boston.
HONORABLE MENTION: Tuukka Rask hadn’t faced the Philadelphia Flyers since losing Game 7 in the second round of the 2010 playoffs at TD Garden in a collapse that everybody remembers very well. Of course the Stanley Cup championship is a much more vivid memory in people’s minds these days, but Tim Thomas had started every single game against Philly between the playoff collapse and this season’s appearance. Rask reacted with all the confidence in the world coming off two games where the team blew third period leads, and made 23 saves for his second shutout of the season. He was at his best while making 11 saves in the final period.
BY THE NUMBERS: 26-0-0 – the Bruins have won each of the last 26 games – both regular season and playoffs -- in which Chris Kelly has scored a goal dating back to the 2011 Stanley Cup run.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “Well, hopefully we won’t have to talk about it every day for the next three weeks now. That would be nice.” –A peeved Shawn Thornton, when asked if it was good to get some secondary scoring from the third and fourth line in Saturday’s win.