Fly-by: Bruins 3, Flyers 2 (SO)
Saturday, 03.17.2012 / 12:58 PM / News
| 1. SLOW/DAY START
The Flyers went nearly an entire half period without recording a shot on net… They were out-shot by the Bruins, 5-0 in the game's first eight minutes of play, while recording their first shot on goal at the 10:17 mark… The Flyers have gotten off to slow starts before in afternoon/day games, going 3-8-2 in games that start between noon and 3pm, and are 5-10-2 when games start before the typical 7 p.m. puck drop.
2. TWO MEN DOWN
The Flyers were left with just five defensemen early in the game, when Andreas Lilja left the game just beyond five minutes into the game after getting struck up high while in front of the Flyers crease. He did not return… Max Talbot left five minutes into the second period and did not return either after suffering an upper-body injury. As a result, defensemen Matt Carle (27:10) and Braydon Coburn (27:14) each appeared in over 27 minutes of ice-time, while Claude Giroux recorded more ice-time than anyone on the team (27:15).
3. READ BEGINS COMEBACK
Rookie Matt Read kicked off the Flyers comeback trail midway through the second period… With the Flyers buzzing, Read held his position and deflected a shot past Boston net minder Tim Thomas… The goal brought the team within one and paved the way for the Flyers to tie the game up on a similar play by Jakub Voracek with five minutes to go… Read assisted on the play and in the shootout would snap a shot past Thomas to tie the shootout back up at 1-1.
4. BRYZ SOLID
Despite allowing two goals early in the contest, Ilya Bryzgalov settled in and stopped the final 22 shots he saw following the first period through the overtime session which included 13 in the third period alone… Bryzgalov remains unbeaten in regulation in his last eight starts, going 7-0-1 with a 1.10 GAA and .962 save percentage.
5. GUNNED DOWN
The Flyers fell to the Bruins in the shootout by the same score as the game, 3-2… The shootout featured the first five players posting goals including goals from Matt Read and Claude Giroux… Patrice Bergeron snapped a shot past Bryzgalov to put the game on Tim Thomas' shoulders, who would get a pad on Danny Briere's attempt to deke low and to his left glove to send it into sudden death shooters… The Flyers had won their last two shootouts prior to today and fell to a 3-6 record this season.
|Matt Read picked up his 20th goal and now has 20 goals and 21 assists for 41 points on the season. He’s the first Flyers rookie to hit the 20-goal mark and 40-point mark in a season since Jeff Carter (23) & RJ Umberger (20) did it in 2005-06
Read is just the 16th player in Flyers history to have a 20-goal rookie season, and the fifth in the last 20 years:
Matt Read, 20, 2011-12
Jeff Carter, 23, 2005-06
R.J. Umberger, 20, 2005-06
Simon Gagne, 20, 1999-2000
Mikael Renberg, 38, 1993-94
Eric Lindros, 41, 1992-93 (rookie franchise record)
Braydon Coburn, Matt Carle and Claude Giroux all played more than 27 minutes.
Carle blocked six shots, a third of the Flyers’ team total of 18.
The Flyers are now 3-6 in nine shootouts this season. They had won two shootouts in a row.
Read got the Flyers within one after he deflected a shot from the point by Danny Briere in the dying seconds of the power-play to post his 20th goal of the year.
He also posted an assist on Voracek's game-tying goal which forced overtime and the eventual shootout.
In the shootout, Read was up first among the three Flyers and buried it to even things up in the extra session for the Flyers. Read is now 4-for-7 in the shootout for the Flyers.
|"I liked our game a lot today, so I mean you can write whatever you want to write or say whatever you want to say, but our guys played their hearts out today."
- Peter Laviolette
"Obviously the first period wasn’t very good but second and third was pretty good. We lost a couple of guys along the way, but…they were a really desperate hockey team and they wanted to come out hard and play hard and they did that in the first period."
- Kimmo Timonen
|Tonight's turning point came midway through the second period as Matt Read helped the Flyers climb back into the game with his deflection past Tim Thomas.
The goal shifted momentum towards the Flyers, who would score the game-tying goal in almost similar fashion with under five minutes to go, and helped them to a valuable point in the standings.
The Flyers had a majority of the chances in overtime, however fell to the Bruins by way of a shootout in the last round.
|PIC OF THE NIGHT: The Flyers tie the game at 2-2 on a deflected shot by Jakub Voracek in the 3rd period.
Bruins 3, Flyers 2 (SO)
BOSTON (AP) - Tim Thomas only needed to make one more save to snap the Boston Bruins' four-game losing streak and keep the defending Stanley Cup champions from falling even further down the Eastern Conference standings.
After the first five skaters in the shootout all scored, Thomas turned aside Danny Briere as the Bruins recovered after blowing a two-goal lead to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Saturday. Tyler Seguin scored in regulation and in the shootout, and Patrice Bergeron had an assist and the game-deciding goal for Boston.