B's beat Flyers in shootout, 6-5


B's beat Flyers in shootout, 6-5

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.

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

BOSTON – It took until his 43rd game in the NHL to finally score his first goal with the Bruins, but Rhode Island native Noel Acciari said it made him appreciate it all the more when that moment finally did arrived on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old Acciari finished off a Riley Nash feed on a 3-on-1 odd-man rush that gave the Bruins an insurance goal they badly needed in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at TD Garden.

Then David Pastrnak hit Acciari with a shaving cream pie to the face during the NESN broadcast as a way to commemorate his teammate’s big scoring moment, and Torey Krug immediately fished the puck out of the net to make certain that Acciari would get it.

So it was the best of both worlds with the team-oriented Acciari, who watched his Bruins win to go right along with his hallmark scoring moment that he’ll remember forever.

“Your first NHL goal is a special feeling and to finally have it, you know, like I said before I couldn’t have done it without the other guys, the other four, five guys on the ice. But it feels good,” said Acciari, who has a goal and four points in 24 games this season in Boston. “It just shows you how special it is. It’s not going to come the first game you play; it could come 10, 20, for me probably over 40, but it still feels the same.”

Clearly it’s more about providing a physical, heavy and aggressive opponent when Acciari suits up for the Black and Gold, and it’s less about providing offensive production that’s really a bonus from the fourth line. The focus on throwing hits, aggravating opponents and playing with extra energy have been a big part of Acciari’s game since his return from Providence, and that is absolutely been by design.

“I think I kind of strayed [from my strengths] when I got back from my injury – I kind of strayed away from the hitting game,” said Acciari. “Just getting in on the fore-check and, you know, just kind of getting back to that down in Providence was huge and kind of get my confidence up down there helped out a lot. So when I got the call up I was ready for anything.”

He’s certainly played like he was ready for anything while posting a goal and two points along with a plus-4 in his first four games back for the Bruins organization. Acciari did all of that while leading everybody in Tuesday night’s game with eight registered hits in the win over Nashville. So the 5-foot-10, 208-pound Acciari gave a pretty good example against the Predators of just what he can do with steady ice time and the trust of his teammates as all of the hockey clubs in the East gear up to finish strong for the playoffs.

Now all Acciari has to do is continue to play consistently, punish opposing players and chip in a little offense from time and time as he carves out a permanent role on Boston’s fourth line, and helps his team win a few along the way. 

Florio on issues NFL may face with Raiders in Las Vegas

Florio on issues NFL may face with Raiders in Las Vegas

Mike Florio joins Quick Slants to discuss the problems of the Raiders moving to Las Vegas, and the latest NFL rule changes.