The Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in the season opener in a game marked by various changes to offensive lines and defensive pairs.
The Bruins went on the power play with 10:16 left in the first, as Krug got under Zac Rinaldo’s skin and took a glove to the face. With Rinaldo off for roughing, the Bruins were able to capitalize. Off a nice pass from Carl Soderberg, recently signed Reilly Smith went backdoor for the first goal of the 2014-15 season. With David Krejci out on injury reserve, Dougie Hamilton played on both power play units. Tuukka Rask made a good stop on a two-on-one, and the first period ended with the B’s up 1-0.
Rinaldo was able to draw a slashing penalty from Dennis Seidenberg, putting the Bruins on their first penalty kill of the night. The Flyers were only able to get one shot on net during their power play, and the Bruins effectively killed the penalty. Bobby Robins and Luke Schenn got into a tussle, both going off for five-minute fighting majors. Loui Eriksson joined Robins in the penalty box for tripping, and the Bruins were 2-for-2 for penalty kills. With 6.8 left in the second, Rask made a great glove save, and the second period came to a close with the Bruins still in the lead.
Early in the third, Sean Couturier tipped it in past Rask to tie the game for the Flyers. The Bruins were put on their third penalty kill of the night as Bergeron headed to the box for holding. Cunningham stripped the puck and set up Paille with a beautiful pass, but Paille was unable to produce. Soderberg led the Bruins in great attacking zone pressure towards the end of the third. The fourth line drew a penalty on Rinaldo to put the B’s on the power play, which they couldn’t capitalize on. Chris Kelly knocked in the game- winning goal to put the B’s up 2-1 to end the game.