Flyin' High: Bruins score three powerplay goals, embarrass Philly 6-1
The Boston Bruins came into Philadelphia expecting a hard-fought game.
They got anything but.
The Bruins dismantled the Flyers on their home ice, blowing out the Orange and White 6-1, and subjected the local team to what seemed like an entire games-worth of boos from the ticked-off sellout crowd.
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The numbers on the Bruins' score-sheet were off the charts, with four players recording multiple points, those being Zdeno Chara (2 goals) Jarome Iginla ( 2 goals, 2 assists) Torey Krug (2 assists) and David Krejci (3 assists).
The Flyers completely melted down on the day, resulting in bad penalties, poor effort and 0 energy. Save for a late goal and a few bouts in an attempt to stir up some energy, the Flyers were playing from behind the entire day. By the time they showed any life at all, the Bruins Black and Gold freight-train had already smashed them into pieces.
It was Zdeno Chara who opened the scoring with his 10th goal of the year on the powerplay, getting the fortunate deflection off a skate of a Flyer in the crease to beat Steve Mason over the shoulder. Jarome Iginla and David Krejci got the assists, and really Krejci should've gotten two assists, as his huge keep at the blueline prevented the Flyers from clearing the puck right before the goal.
Iginla bagged his 14th of the year with just 17 seconds left in the period, beating Mason along the ice just inside the far post. Milan Lucic worked the cycle game with Torey Krug behind the net, freeing up the space to find Iginla at the top of the circle to snap the one-timer into the net.
The Bruins weren't done pouring it on, as Reilly Smith and Patrice Bergeron netted two more goals in the 2nd period, sending the crowd in Philly into hardcore-PO'ed mode. Smith netted his 16th of the seasonas hesplit two defensemen and sneaked a backhander past Mason, which at first resulted in some confusion before it was reviewed to confirm it crossed the line.
Scott Hartnell attempted to jolt his team and the building when he dropped the gloves with Johnny Boychuck, resulting in a good bout, but if that didn't do the trick, Tuukka Rask's awesomestretched-out glove-save on Jakub Voracek just a minute later all but sealed the Flyers' fate on the day.
Bergeron made it 4-0 after the BMS line simply outworked the Flyers in their own zone. After cycling along the boards, Brad Marchand ripped off a shot that rebounded all the way to a waiting Bergeron along the line, where Bergeron one-timed it at a ridiculous angle to beat Mason and end his day.
The Bruins added two more powerplay goals in the third period on a double-minor, and again it was Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara doing the honors.
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Both players factored into each others goals, as Chara screened Ray Emery on Iginla's slapshot blast from the top of the circle, and it was Iginla who stick-handled all the way to the net before zipping the pass across to a waiting Chara who one-timed it past Emery.
Claude Giroux broke up the shutout just 30 seconds before the double-minor to Nicklas Grossman, proving to be the only shred of dignity the Flyers can hold onto after this contest.
The Bruins completely dismantled the Flyers, as they won nearly every puck battle, 50/50 battle, won the battles along the boards and in front of the net, behind the net, in the face-off circle, in transition, on the bench, in the tunnel, in the locker room, in the stands, ...anywhere.
This is the type of game that gets a coach fired, but since the Flyers already did so just three games into the year with Peter Laviolette, it seems Craig Berube is safe from the ax. But in all honesty, there still might be a slim chance he gets canned after his team's dreadful performance.
Where to start? The Bruins accounted for 15 total points, with eight players getting on the scoresheet. As previously mentioned, Chara, Iginla, Krug and Krejci all registered multi-point games.
Dougie Hamilton returned to game action after missing a few games due to a mild-concussion. He was a +1 with 18:55 TOI.
Even though he made the trip, Chris Kelly did not play in today's game. Surprisingly enough, it was Jordan Caron who found the ice-time, as Ryan Spooner was a late scratch due to illness.
Greg Campbell and Johnny Boychuck fought on the day, acting as the outlet for Scott Hartnell and Luke Schenn to air their frustrations for their team and the fans.
Jack Edwards and NESN mentioned the stat, as the Bruins are now 14-0-0 when leading by three or more goals this season.
Its the second time this year the B's have scored three PP goals in a game, the other coming on December 23rd in Nashville vs the Preds.