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Bruins get best of back-and-forth game, beat Flyers 7-5

January 13, 2011

Sloppy but very entertaining win for the Bruins. 7-5 against a hated rival. (Getty)

In a game that saw four lead changes, Steven Kampfer‘s late heroics proved to be the difference in a high-scoring affair. The Bruins benefitted from some lucky bounces along the way but two-point nights from Patrice Bergeron, Kampfer, Mark Recchi, Zdeno Chara, Gregory Campbell, and Blake Wheeler in the 7-5 win against the Flyers.

As has become par for the course, the Bruins and Flyers got out to a fast and physical start. Shawn Thornton fought and lost to Jody Shelley in one of Thornton’s most one-sided losses in memory. Both teams began the period with some hard skating with the Bruins being sure to finish their checks in front of the blood-thirsty crowd.

However, the Bruins propensity to overcommit away from their net resulted in the games first goal when Scott Hartnell finished off a Flyer possession with a wacky, nearly impossible goal. Hartnell raced the bouncing puck around the edge of the trapeoid and turned and shot towards Tim Thomas from behind the net. The fluttering puck must have ticked Thomas’ mitt because the puck changed direction in mid air and hit off the far post and in, a curveball-like goal.

The Bruins didn’t help their own cause after the goal, letting Claude Giroux get behind the defense for a breakaway, which Thomas was able to fend off on his belly. The Bruins also took the games first penalty when they were called for too many men on the ice. The Bruins killed the penalty off however, taking some momentum from a definitive stop.

The Bruins would then begin to play better in the second half of the period, getting three power-plays in that time, all hooking calls. The Bruins would squander the first power-play without much fanfare but their continued hard work would draw two more penalties, gaining a 5-on-3 for a minute in doing so. The 5-on-3 ended with a mad scramble for a loose puck in front of the net with Flyers skaters making saves and Bruins jabbing at the loose puck. The Flyers recovered somehow but Marc Savard made a good play keeping the puck in the zone and fed Zdeno Chara on a one-hopper saucer pass which Chara blasted off post and in. The goal knotted the game at 1-1 late in the first period.

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The Bruins would take heir momentum into the second period, using their legs to create a chance that ended in a Steve Kampfer shot deflecting off of Patrice Bergeron in front. The goal came at the end of a good hardworking shift in the first minute of the period and began to show cracks in Brian Boucher and the Flyers defense.

Boucher was able to keep the Flyers in the game with his glove hand, making numerous big saves on Bruins rushes with nice glove saves. At this point the Bruins appeared to be completely outskating the Flyers. The Flyers would charge back later, Nikolay Zherdev nearly scored on a one-timer at the outside of the crease but the puck caromed off the post and out the other side despite cleanly beating Thomas. Both teams would get golden chances in the next few sequences, Thomas stopping a breakaway bid from Hartnell, and Bergeron being fended off on the rush the other way.

The Flyers sneakaway style would eventually pay off when Zherdev was the recipient of a tap pass past the defense and then was able to get a breakaway where he deked backhand five-hole for the equalizer. The Flyers cherry pickers had numerous chances up to this point but Thomas was able to stop them but the Bruins lack of respecting the Flyers forwards hurt them in the end.

The Flyers would let in a crushing goal with 35 seconds left in the second period when Jeff Carter came off the boards and fired a wrist shot short side past Thomas for the lead going into the third period. Carter won a puck on the boards and came off the boards quickly, firing a laser of a wrist shot past Thomas’ blocker.

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For the second straight period the Bruins were able to score in the opening minute, this time when Mark Recchi dumped a puck in and then tipped it home when it bounced out in front from the corner. Boucher had made a move to stop the puck behind the net but it deflected out towards the crease where Recchi pursued it and put it in the empty net.

The Bruins would get the lead back just 70 seconds later when Michael Ryder deflected an Adam McQuaid shot past Boucher. McQuaid had pinched in and threw a seemingly harmless shot on net, most likely looking for a rebound or whistle, but Ryder tipped the puck from the goal line and it found its way through Boucher’s five-hole.

The lead was short-lived however as Daniel Briere would score a few minutes later when he banged home a rebound from the weak side. Briere’s 23rd goal came when he camped outside of the crease and Braydon Coburn shot the puck low pad side, making for a perfect angle for a rebound for Briere to put in the virtual lay up.

The fourth lead change of the game would come just a few minutes later when the Flyers got behind the Bruins defense yet again and this time Sean O’Donnell joined the rush late for the cross-ice pass and the goal over Thomas’ shoulder. Mike Richards was the Flyer to get behind the defense and had to stop and wait for his teammates in the Bruins zone. The Bruins couldn’t get into position and the Flyers captain made a great pass across the zone.

The Bruins would stem the momentum, getting the games next power-play and although they didn’t score Brad Marchand would rip a wrist shot past Boucher’s glove hand to once again tie the game. The puck may have hit the netting but was never whistled down, the Bruins then rushed the other way and after Philadelphia stood up at the blue line the puck found Marchand’s stick and the young grinder showed some nice touch roofing it top corner.

With time winding down the Bruins got a crucial power-play when Mike Richards was called for high-sticking. The power-play went by the wayside making for a tense final two minutes. The Bruins would get a goal with 1:16 left when Steve Kampfer fired a shot on net from the side boards, ripping it off the post and past Boucher for the fifth lead change of the game.

This lead to the Flyers pulling their goalie and eventually taking a timeout with 46 seconds left. The Bruins would end the game with an empty-netter when Gregory Campbell got the nail in the coffin. Bergeron nearly put it in from his own zone but Blake Wheeler got to the puck to prevent the icing and then fed Campbell out front.

The Bruins will face the Penguins again who will certainly be looking for redemption.

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