Final, Bruins 6-1: That’s it, and that’s all.
A chorus of boos rain down on the Flyers, as the Bruins roll to a 6-1 win.
Third period, 15:00, Bruins 6-1: We have reached the point of the game where both teams seem like they would be more than happy to go with running time the rest of the way.
Boston is outshooting Philadelphia 31-25, for whatever it’s worth.
Third period, 9:16, Bruins 6-1: Make it a six-pack.
Jarome Iginla walked the puck right down the left wing and found Zdeno Chara on the other side of the slot. Chara banged it home for another power-play goal, and the B’s are now up by five.
Third period, 8:21, Bruins 5-1: Jarome Iginla cashes in on the power play.
Iginla just blasted a shot by Ray Emery, and the B’s are back to leading by four. They still have two minutes of power-play time left.
Third period, 8:11, Bruins 4-1: Nicklas Grossmann is going back to the penalty box, this time for high-sticking. He caught Jordan Caron real good, and it’s a double-minor as Caron heads off with an apparent injury.
Third period, 7:55, Bruins 4-1: The Flyers were able to make the power play count.
Claude Giroux just ripped a one-timer from the left-wing faceoff circle for the power-play goal, and the Flyers are on the board.
Third period, 6:44, Bruins 4-0: The Flyers are about to get their second power play of the game. Zdeno Chara is the guilty party, as he was called for holding.
Third period, 6:20, Bruins 4-0: The Bruins continue to put the pressure on the Flyers.
Johnny Boychuk just wound up and blasted a shot from the right point that Ray Emery stopped to keep it a four-goal game.
Third period, 3:48, Bruins 4-0: The Bruins have absolutely dominated the first few minutes of the third period with the puck staying in the Philadelphia zone just about the entire time. The only time the puck has left the ices is when the Flyers have iced it.
Third period, 0:01, Bruins 4-0: The third period is underway.
End second period, Bruins 4-0: The Bruins scored two in the first and added two in the second, and they are well on their way to winning this game.
The second period just came to an end, and now it’s up to the Bruins to really just get out of town healthy.
Second period, 17:00, Bruins 4-0: The Bruins killed off the Dougie Hamilton penalty, and they almost added a goal as soon as the kill expired.
Hamilton got a breakaway as he came out of the box, and walked in all alone on Ray Emery, but the goalie made the pad save as Hamilton tried to go five-hole.
Second period, 14:59, Bruins 4-0: The Flyers are going to get a power play.
Dougie Hamilton was just called for tripping, as he got tangled up with Wayne Simmonds at the Boston blue line.
Second period, 13:21, Bruins 4-0: Gregory Campbell doesn’t win many fights, but he never turns one down.
He just squared off with Luke Schenn in a pretty one-sided scrap in the neutral zone, as the Flyers are desperate to get anything going.
Second period, 13:10, Bruins 4-0: Patrice Bergeron is putting on a clinic right now.
He just scored the Bruins’ fourth goal of the game, as he banged home a second-chance attempt on the rebound of a Brad Marchand shot.
Ray Emery has replaced Steve Mason in the Philadelphia net.
Second period, 12:26, Bruins 3-0: The Bruins’ power play just came to an end with no goal to show for the man-advantage.
Second period, 9:42, Bruins 3-0: The Bruins are going back on the power play.
Jay Rosehill was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after trying to rough up Kevan Miller after a whistle. Miller didn’t retaliate, and the B’s get a power play because of it.
Second period, 8:02, Bruins 3-0: Tuukka Rask just made his best save of the day so far.
He robbed Jakub Voracek by going post to post while making a sprawling glove save to rob the Flyers forward on a great scoring chance.
Second period, 7:39, Bruins 3-0: The Flyers are looking for any sort of momentum-changer, and Scott Hartnell just tried to give them that by dropping the gloves.
He and Johnny Boychuk just exchanged some punches after getting tied up behind the play.
Second period, 6:59, Bruins 3-0: Patrice Bergeron is having himself some sort of game.
The B’s center just stole a centering pass in the Boston zone, and that started a rush the other way. That rush led to a scoring chance for Reilly Smith who appeared to be stopped point blank by Steven Mason. The puck eventually trickled across the goal line, though, and the B’s now have a three-goal lead.
Second period, 4:00, Bruins 2-0: The Bruins get another quality scoring chances thanks to the first line.
Their pressure deep in the Philly zone allowed Zdeno Chara to creep deeper into the zone and put a shot on from the left faceoff circle that Steve Mason barely got a glove on.
Second period, 1:08, Bruins 2-0: Michael Raffl almost scored the Flyers’ first goal, but his shot hit the post, and the search continues for Philadelphia.
Second period, 0:01, Bruins 2-0: The second period is underway with the Bruins looking to add to the early lead.
End first period, Bruins 2-0: The first period is over, and the B’s are holding the 2-0 lead.
First period, 19:42, Bruins 2-0: That is a big goal, and the Bruins look like they’re going to take a 2-0 lead to the room.
Milan Lucic just passed it to Jarome Iginla who spun and put a shot on goal from the slot, and he beat Steve Mason for the goal.
First period, 19:25, Bruins 1-0: David Krejci is having a nice game. The Bruins center just wheeled into the offensive zone and put a quick shot on net that Steve Mason gloved for arguably his best save of the day.
First period, 16:00, Bruins 1-0: The Flyers are starting to find their game after a rough start.
They have the last three shots on goal, and are starting to get some sustained zone time in the Boston end.
First period, 12:50, Bruins 1-0: Claude Giroux just got the Flyers’ best chance of the game so far.
He had a one-timer chance in the slot, but Tuukka Rask made the pad save.
First period, 11:00, Bruins 1-0: The Flyers do not look good at all today.
The Bruins are all over Philadelphia right now, and David Krejci is a big reason for that. The Boston center just knifed into the slot and put a shot on Steve Mason who kicked it away to keep this a one-goal game.
The B’s are outshooting the Flyers 5-3 so far.
First period, 6:33, Bruins 1-0: This time, the Bruins’ power play comes through.
Zdeno Chara will be credited with yet another power-play goal after he tried to whip a puck through the slot to Torey Krug. The puck ended up hitting a Flyer skate in front, and the puck deflected by Steve Mason for the game’s first goal.
First period, 5:32, 0-0: The Bruins are going back on the power play.
Claude Giroux was just called for tripping.
First period, 5:15, 0-0: The Bruins’ power play is over with just one shot on goal during the man-advantage.
The second unit looked good late in the power play, but nothing to show for it.
First period, 3:07, 0-0: The Bruins are hemming the Flyers in, it has resulted in a power play.
Nicklas Grossmann was just called for boarding, and the B’s get the game’s first man-advantage.
First period, 0:01, 0-0: It’s time for hockey. The game is underway in Philly.
12:45 p.m.: The Bruins’ lineup is going to look a little bit different today. That’s in part good news, as Dougie Hamilton is back in the Boston lineup for the first time since Jan. 11.
The big defenseman is making his return from a concussion, which he suffered on Jan. 9 against the Los Angeles Kings. That will obviously be a welcomed return for the B’s who have been banged up on the blue line all year long.
Boston will be without Ryan Spooner in Philly, though. The rookie center is under the weather, so he’ll sit out. Chris Kelly isn’t quite ready to return to the lineup, so that means Jordan Caron gets back into the lineup. Going off of pregame warmups, Caron will be on the fourth line, and Carl Soderberg will center a third line with Daniel Paille on the left wing.
Here are the projected lines and D-pairings for the Bruins.
Milan Lucic — David Krejci — Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille — Carl Soderberg — Loui Eriksson
Jordan Caron — Gregory Campbell — Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara — Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski — Kevan Miller
Torey Krug — Dougie Hamilton
12:30 p.m.: Warmups are underway in Philadelphia where it will be the Tuukka Rask show once again for the Bruins. He’l get the start in net for the B’s, and Steve Mason will get the start for the Flyers.
8 a.m.: The Boston Bruins’ schedule has been pretty demanding in the last month or so, but the B’s got a much-needed rest this past week.
The B’s are back in action Saturday afternoon when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time this season. When the puck drops, it will mark Boston’s first game since Monday when they defeated the Los Angeles Kings at TD Garden. The four-day layoff has afforded the B’s some all-important rest and relaxation. Mix in a couple of off days on Tuesday and Wednesday, and this week might be just what the doctor ordered.
Now the Bruins will get back to work as they open a stretch of eight games in three weeks leading up to the Olympic break. The club is obviously hoping they can come out of this most recent break playing some good hockey.
“I liked the pace of our practices [this week],” Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Friday’s practice. “You could tell those two days were good for our players, so now it’s a matter of bringing that to Philly.”
Waiting for the Bruins there will be an upstart Flyers team. The Flyers had a miserable start to the 2013-14 season that led to a coaching change just three games into the campaign. Peter Laviolette was fired after an 0-3-0 start and was replaced by assistant coach Craig Berube. The former NHL tough guy has the Flyers in playoff contention, as they’re fighting for one of the wild card spots. The Flyers are battling with a handful of teams for the two wild card spots. However, they’ll be looking to snap a little two-game losing streak on Saturday.
The Bruins, on the other hand, are trying to build some momentum heading into the Olympic break. The B’s seemed to have found their game recently, as evidenced by wins in two of their last three with the only loss in that stretch being a hard-fought shootout loss in Chicago last Sunday.
Puck drop from Philadelphia is scheduled for 1 p.m.