Photo Credit: Andrew Thompson
Yesterday the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in an afternoon matinee. Neither team played their best as they both suffered defensive lapses and neither team really deserved this game. The Bruins however still found a way too win. David Pastrnak started off the scoring in the first period with a power play goal. The Bruins looked like a completely different team in the second period. They didn’t look nearly as energetic and had trouble getting the puck out of their end. That resulted in the Flyers tying the game on a goal by Jordan Weal in the early part of the second period. No one scored for the rest of the period as without Rask the Bruins could have easily found themselves behind. The game was determined in the third period in a manner that shows how right things are going for the Bruins.
With 5.6 seconds left in the game deadline acquisition Drew Stafford fired in a dump shot that was tipped by a flyers defenseman into the net for Stafford’s second goal as a Bruin. For this Bruins team a couple weeks ago the dump in shot probably would have turned into nothing and the Bruins would have suffered a heartbreaking loss in overtime. However times have changed and under interim coach Bruce Cassidy every bounce is going their way. They are playing with more energy and aggressiveness than they have in years . This win was especially important considering how tight the playoff picture is. Coming into the game the Flyers were six points behind the Bruins for a playoff spot. The game was critical to give the Bruins some separation and they did just that.
In order for the Black and Gold to make the playoffs they’ll need a couple more bounces to go there way like last night. The Bruins have 14 games left as they attempt to end there two year playoff drought. Under Cassidy this certainly seems like a playoff team and at the moment everything is going their way.
Written By: James Gatlin