PHILADELPHIA The Bruins took the hardest punch the depleted Flyers could muster, but they still came out whistling a winning tune when it was all done.
The Bruins survived heavy legs, questionable hits and a natural Scott Hartnell hat trick in the second period to survive for a 6-5 shootout victory over Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center.
David Krejci and Tyler Seguin both scored in the shootout for the battle-hardened Bs, who completed the weekend by taking three out of four points against the Blueshirts and Broad Street Bullies.
The Flyers looked more intent to leave a few more bruises and bumps than win a hockey game in the first period, and perhaps take some revenge for the blowout loss to Boston in Philly last month.
So the Flyers went for the big hits and the Bs took a quick 3-1 lead powered by goals from Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin along with a Milan Lucic tally. Philly didnt pack it in, however, and fought back in the second period led by their hirsute power forward, Hartnell.
They managed to take their first lead of the game on Hartnells three straight goals, including the final tally that caused officially to cut the second period short by 46 seconds due to hat cleanup on the ice.
A pair of Hartnells scores came via one-timers from the left face-off circle during power plays and completely eluded Tim Thomas during a rough middle period of play.
Adding injury to insult the Bruins also appeared to lose Nathan Horton after he sustained what looked like a Tom Sestito head shot midway through the second period.
Horton never returned in the final 20 minutes of play and has to be a concern given his concussion issue during last years Cup Finals.
The Bruins persevered for the upper hand again in the final 20 minutes when David Krejci and Gregory Campbell once again handed the Bruins a one-goal advantage. But the Flyers fought back once again to knot things up midway through the final stanza on a Maxime Talbot power play strike with Shawn Thornton in the box for interference. That pushed things to overtime and the eventual shootout in a punishingly entertaining but potentially costly -- hockey game.