PHILADELPHIA Billed as a showdown between the two best teams in the East, the Bruins once again left little question as to exactly who that is.
The Bruins bested the Flyers on the scoreboard with five goals in the first two periods, and they throttled the Pronger-less Broad Street Bullies in an old-fashioned 6-0 beating at the Wells Fargo Center. With the victory the Bruins are officially the top dog in the Eastern Conference.
Rich Peverley teamed with Benoit Pouliot to score a goal just 27 seconds into the action on the very first shift of the game, and exposed a Flyers team that didnt look ready to play coming off seven wins in a row. Zdeno Chara followed by dropping the gloves with Jody Shelley and pummeling the Flyers tough guy on his very first shift of the game, and the Big Bad Bruins had made their overpowering statement.
Less than 20 seconds later Daniel Paille jumped all over carom off a Dennis Seidenberg shot two minutes later, and the Bruins were up by two goals and rolling. Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic added power play goals to round out the scoring in the first period, and Nathan Horton capped off the Bs offensive outburst with his own power play strike in a penalty-filled affair. Seguin added a garbage goal in the third period to cap off the scoring.
While the offense was rolling, Tim Thomas was at his usual best manning the pipes with 28 saves in his fourth shutout of the season. Thomas upped his career record to 11-3-2 against the Flyers thats included some classic performances in Phillys home rink, and gave a reminder who the No. 1 goalie is in Boston.
The Bruins, of course, gave the Flyers a stark reminder on Saturday afternoon of which team is the reigning Cup champs.
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BRIGHTON, Mass. -- Brandon Carlo enjoyed about as good a game as one could possibly hope for in his preseason debut earlier this week.
The 19-year-old was smooth and poised with the puck on his stick, and picked up an assist when Danton Heinen redirected his point blast to the back of the net. He was also a little dirty, mean and nasty in his own end throwing bodies around in front of the net, and at one point taking a penalty call when he was a little overzealous throwing an opponent down in the crease.
So the 6-foot-5 prospect gave a pretty good glimpse into what he can offer at his best, but the youngster also knows it will keep getting more and more difficult as the games get closer to the end of the preseason.
“In that first game I felt like I was doing a lot of really good things. I was moving the puck well, playing well and doing all of the things that I wanted to do. So I’m really excited to build on that opportunity. I feel like I started myself off well, but it’s about building throughout the camp to reach your main goal at the end,” said Carlo, who may be in line for top pair duties again on Friday night after skating in that role in his first game. “Throughout camp I got three games last year, and I noticed that with each game the action got harder and faster. So I’m ready for that. I feel like it’s going to be a lot of fun out there. I’m ready for the speed, and I’m ready for the physicality. I’m ready for everything.”
Carlo will again team with veteran puck-mover John-Michael Liles on Friday night in a road exhibition game against the Detroit Red Wings, and both he and the Bruins will be looking for him to build on that first outing’s promise. If the youngster can keep it up then the Bruins will have a really difficult choice on their hands with seven D-men already signed to NHL contracts ahead of the young prospect types, so Carlo would have to displace somebody.
But that’s another problem for another day, and will require young Carlo to keep impressing on people , and being extremely hard to play against, when the Bruins take the ice against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night.