NHL Game Summary - Boston at Philadelphia|
(Monday, November 26th)
Final Score: Boston 6, Philadelphia 3
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Marc Savard's goal and three assists, and
a pair of goals from Glen Murray paced Boston over Philadelphia, 6-3, at the
Glen Metropolit, Peter Schaefer and Chuck Kobasew also scored for the Bruins,
who have won three of four. Zdeno Chara chipped in two helpers while Tuukka
Rask needed just 20 saves to win his second NHL contest.
Mike Richards notched a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who have lost two
of three. Mike Knuble and Scottie Upshall also hit the net.
Starter Martin Biron had a rough game, allowing three goals on 14 shots in
almost 24 minutes of action. Antero Niittymaki surrendered two goals on 17
shots over the remainder of the contest to take the loss.
After beginning the season with six straight wins as the host, the Flyers have
lost their last four home games by a combined 20-11 score.
"The whole team is just trying to figure out as the games progress, what's
happening," Flyers head coach John Stevens said. "We go into Carolina and
Ottawa playing like an underdog, and we come home and I don't know what
This was the first meeting between the teams since October 27 in Boston, when
Flyers defenseman Randy Jones leveled Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron with a
hit from behind early in the game.
Jones was given a two-game suspension, while Bergeron is out indefinitely
recovering from a broken nose and a Grade 3 concussion.
Things got ugly with 5:38 left in the second period, and the Flyers trailing
5-2, when Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts left the game after absorbing a hit
at center ice. Alberts, who was kneeling near the boards, had his head driven
into the dasher by Flyers forward Scott Hartnell's elbow and shoulder.
Hartnell was given a major for boarding and a game misconduct.
"I don't know. I had a brief look at it among some other things between
periods," said Stevens about the hit. "He looked like he was trying to let up
and he didn't. It was kind of an awkward situation, and I'll have to take a
longer look at it before I make any judgment."
Boston was unable to cash in on the five-minute power-play, but still led by
three at intermission.
Upshall's wrister with a little more than four minutes gone in the third
period made it a 5-3 contest. The goal was a power-play tally, as Bruins
defenseman Aaron Ward was off for a tripping penalty.
The Flyers put an extra attacker on the ice with 1:33 to play. Despite a
brief burst on Rask, the Bruins closed off passing and shooting lanes. Kobasew
then hit the empty net with six seconds left to ice the victory.
Murray's fifth of the season gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 4:06 into the contest,
as he one-timed Savard's feed from the slot high and inside the left post.
Savard let one rip from the right circle and the puck deflected off Jones'
stick and whizzed by Biron's glove, and Boston had a 2-0 edge at 7:34.
Murray's second of the game, a 45-foot laser from the right wing, got through
Biron 1:43 into the second and the Flyers stared at a 3-0 hole for the second
consecutive home contest.
Niittymaki entered the game nearly two minutes later to spell the embattled
starter, but Boston continued to pour it on. Metropolit's knuckling shot from
the low slot made it 4-0 at 7:35.
Knuble's power-play trickler midway through the period put the Flyers on the
board, and Richards' blast from the bottom of the right circle in a 4-on-3
situation brought the home team back within two with 7:28 left in the stanza.
However, Schaefer banged home the rebound of Alberts' initial shot and the
Bruins took a 5-2 lead just over a minute later.
Philly had won the last three meetings, and six of nine since the start of the
2005-2006 season...The game was delayed just 36 seconds into the contest when
Alberts shattered a pane of glass with an errant clearing attempt near one of
the blue lines...Philadelphia defenseman Kimmo Timmonen left the game late in
the second with what is termed as an upper-body injury and did not
return...All three Flyer goals came with the man advantage...The Flyers travel
to Carolina on Wednesday, and the Bruins continue their road trip against
Florida on Thursday.
11/26 22:10:48 ET