Bruins-Flyers Live: Reilly Smith Scores Shootout Winner; B’s Escape With 4-3 Win

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Final, Bruins 4-3: That’s it, and that’s all. Reilly Smith’s shootout game-winner gives the Bruins yet another win. They finish March with an incredible 15-1-1 record.

Shootout:

Round 1: Tuukka Rask stops Vincent Lecavalier // Patrice Bergeron scores

Round 2: Claude Giroux scores // Brad Marchand stopped by Steve Mason

Round 3: Michael Raffl stopped by Tuukka Rask // Jarome Iginla stopped by Steve Mason

Round 4: Matt Read misses the net // David Krejci stopped by Steve Mason

Round 5: Jakub Voracek stopped by Tuukka Rask // Reilly Smith scores

End overtime, 3-3: This is heading to the shootout. Tuukka Rask made a couple of big saves in the overtime, and he’ll finish the day with 49 saves.

Overtime, 4:02, 3-3: The Flyers had a golden chance when Brayden Schenn got free on the breakaway, but Tuukka Rask stoned Schenn.

Overtime, 1:35, 3-3: Back and forth we go so far in overtime.

The Bruins have had two chances in the Philadelphia end, but the Flyers have been able to shut those down.

Overtime, 0:01, 3-3: The overtime period has begun.

End of third period, 3-3: And it’s off to overtime.

Third period, 19:36, 3-3: The Flyers have tied the game.

The Bruins couldn’t control a bouncing puck, and the we’re likely heading for overtime. Vincent Lecavalier is the one who scores the game-tying goal, his second of the game.

Third period, 18:20, Bruins 3-2: The Flyers have pulled Steve Mason in favor of the extra skater.

Third period, 17:07, Bruins 3-2: Carl Soderberg just narrowly missed giving the Bruins some insurance.

Soderberg held and waited before finally getting a clean look to the right of the Philadelphia net, but Steve Mason made a sprawling save, just getting his glove on the puck.

Third period, 15:16, Bruins 3-2: Arguably Tuukka Rask’s best save of the period so far just came against a teammate.

Brayden Schenn threw the puck toward the front of the net, and the puck hit Johnny Boychuk’s stick in front and went right at Rask, but he was positioned perfectly for the save. He’s up to 15 here in the third.

Third period, 14:00, Bruins 3-2: The Flyers are owning the puck in the Boston end, and they are putting all kinds of pressure on the Bruins.

Tuukka Rask has been up to the task, at least so far, and has 10 third-period saves.

Third period, 9:20, Bruins 3-2: The Flyers are starting to take advantage of a Bruins team that played 24 hours ago.

Philly just had a great chance as Matt Read had the puck in the left faceoff circle with an open lane. Read snapped the shot on goal, but Tuukka Rask made the save with his right shoulder

Third period, 6:00, Bruins 3-2: Despite not having two of their best defensemen in the penalty box, the Bruins were able to kill off the 5-on-3.

That was thanks in large part to a tone-setting defensive zone faceoff from Patrice Bergeron early in the kill. Other than that, it was just great work from the Boston penalty killers to end the Philadelphia man-advantage.

Third period, 3:28, Bruins 3-2: The Bruins now have to kill off a long 5-on-3.

Zdeno Chara was just called for delay of game after flipping the puck over the glass.

Third period, 3:15, Bruins 3-2: The Flyers will get a chance to tie the game on the power play early in the third.

Dougie Hamilton was just called for hooking, and he’ll be sent off for two minutes.

Third period, 0:01, Bruins 3-2: The third period is underway.

End second period, Bruins 3-2: The second period has come to a close with the Bruins ahead by a goal.

The Flyers did a nice job of getting puck possession late in the period, but Tuukka Rask was strong in net for the B’s.

Philly is outshooting Boston 27-23 through two.

Second period, 19:29, Bruins 3-2: Claude Giroux was just robbed by Tuukka Rask. Giroux quickly put a shot toward goal after the puck bounced off the end boards. Rask made a diving play to keep it out, though.

Second period, 18:27, Bruins 3-2: We’ll have to keep an eye on Andrej Meszaros. He just took a stick up high and was in a considerable amount of pain. He hasn’t left the bench yet.

Second period, 15:38, Bruins 3-2: The Bruins have been much better in the second period. They’re all over the Flyers right now.

Boston is outshooting the Flyers 12-10 in the second period and have really tilted the ice in the last few minutes.

Second period, 11:05, Bruins 3-2: Patrice Bergeron is a man on fire right now.

The Bruins center just extended his goal-scoring streak to seven games, as he beat Steve Mason with a relatively soft goal. Bergeron put a shot on goal that Mason stopped, but Bergeron got the rebound. He skated that around the net and put a quick shot on net that somehow got through Mason.

Second period, 10:00, 2-2: All of the penalties have expired, and the teams are back to even strength.

Just as the 4-on-4 time was expiring leading into a brief Bruins power play, Zdeno Chara made a great play. He stickhandled around a Flyers defenseman and tried to slide it through Steve Mason’s legs, but the Flyers goalie was able to make the save.

Second period, 7:26, 2-2: The Flyers’ power play was over pretty much just as soon as it began.

Scott Hartnell picked up a hooking penalty, and the power play ends 15 seconds after it began.

Second period, 7:11, 2-2: The Bruins will have to kill another penalty.

Chris Kelly got in front of Wayne Simmonds, and that was enough to earn Kelly an interference penalty apparently.

Second period, 5:44, 2-2: That didn’t take long.

Just 11 seconds into the power play the Bruins were able to break through on the man-advantage. Zdeno Chara scored with a backhanded chance from just in front of the net for his 10th power-play goal of the season.

Second period, 5:33, Flyers 2-1: The Bruins are going on the power play now.

Adam Hall just tripped up Loui Eriksson and the B’s get their first power play.

Second period, 4:45, Flyers 2-1: The Bruins have killed off the Kevan Miller penalty and pretty easily, too.

Second period, 2:13, Flyers 2-1: The Flyers will get the game’s first power play.

Kevan Miller was just called for tripping, and the big defenseman will sit for two.

Second period, 1:30, Flyers 2-1: The Bruins are testing Steve Mason’s glove, and he’s been good with the leather so far.

Milan Lucic just jumped into the slot and ripped a wrist shot from the slot that Mason gloved.

Second period, 0:01, Flyers 2-1: The second period is underway.

End first period, Flyers 2-1: The first period has come to an end, and the Bruins head to the dressing room down a goal.

It’s likely that Claude Julien will have plenty to say to his team about the first 20 minutes. There were some defensive breakdowns that led to chances for the Flyers, and the B’s will certainly want to clean that up in the second.

First period, 19:18, Flyers 2-1: The Bruins have allowed another goal in the final minute.

The Bruins fell apart in transitional defense, and Kimmo Timonen made the Bruins pay. Timonen joined the rush, and Jakub Voracek fed him with a pass through the slot. Brad Marchand didn’t do a good enough job of keeping tabs of Timonen, and the Flyers D-men got a clean look at the goal and beat Tuukka Rask.

First period, 17:45, 1-1: Steve Mason just made his best save of the game so far.

Mason gloved a shot from Dougie Hamilton that looked to be labeled for the top left corner of the net.

First period, 15:51, 1-1: Jarome Iginla just dropped the gloves and then was dropped by Zac Rinaldo.

The two tough guys just squared off after Iginla took exception to a hit from Rinaldo along the boards. Rinaldo caught Iginla with a big hit that sent him spilling into David Krejci and the linesman.

Iginla immediately challenged Rinaldo, which wasn’t a great idea. Rinaldo pulled Iginla down and also caught him in the face with a couple of big right hands.

First period, 15:00, 1-1: Tuukka Rask has bounced back nicely after allowing an early goal, which is good news for the Bruins because they’ve needed him.

Rask just made a combination of impressive saves that started with a quick pad save on an Andrew MacDonald shot from the left point. Rask was there to stop the second-chance attempt from Wayne Simmonds as well.

First period, 10:43, 1-1: That has to feel pretty good for Andej Meszaros.

The former Flyers defenseman just scored against his former team to tie the game midway through the first. Meszaros came off the bench and immediately jumped into the slot where Brad Marchand found him. Meszaros ripped a wrist shot by Steve Mason.

First period, 9:30, Flyers 1-0: The Flyers’ fourth line is giving the Bruins some fits right now.

Vincent Lecavalier carried the puck into the zone and dropped it off for Zac Rinaldo who one-timed it from the left wing. The shot was on net, but Tuukka Rask was able to get a glove on it. Luckily for the Bruins, the deflection bounced over the net and into the corner.

First period, 5:25, Flyers 1-0: Vinny Lecavalier has his 400th career goal, and the Flyers have a 1-0 lead.

Lecavaliver just beat Tuukka Rask with a slap shot from just inside the Boston blue line. The puck may have hit some piece of Johnny Boychuk on its way by Rask.

Either way, that’s not something we’ve seen much of lately with the Bruins falling behind early in the first period.

First period, 0:01, 0-0: The game is underway.

12:25 p.m.: Puck drop is just moments away, and the Bruins won’t have Torey Krug. That’s because Krug will be a healthy scratch for the third time this month.

Check out all of the lines and defensive pairs right here.

11:55 a.m.: No surprise, but Tuukka Rask will be starting in net for the Bruins after getting Saturday off. Steve Mason is getting the nod for the Flyers.

11:30 a.m.: This will mark the second meeting between the Bruins and Flyers this season. The two teams met on Jan. 25 in Philadelphia, and the B’s ran all over the Flyers. Boston used two goals and two assists from Jarome Iginla on the way to a 6-1 win in Philly.

Speaking of Iginla, the Boston winger is red-hot right now. He scored another two goals Saturday against Washington and now has 11 goals in his last 11 games and 15 in his last 21 games. He’s reached the 30-goal mark for the 12th time in his Hall of Fame career.

In other words, he’s been everything the Bruins could have hoped for and moe.

He’s not the only streaking Bruins player at the moment, though. Patrice Bergeron is on the offensive streak of his career. Bergeron has scored in the Bruins’ last six games and has a seven-game point streak. That goal-scoring streak is the longest since Phil Kessel had a six-game streak of his own in 2008-09 and is the fourth-longest streak in team history. If Bergeron is able to score against Philly, it will be just the sixth seven-game goal streak in Bruins history.

10 a.m.: The Boston Bruins’ 12-game winning streak ended Monday in a shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens. They’ll look to put the finishing touches on what would be a three-game winning streak on Sunday.

The Bruins will take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon in Philly. The B’s are finishing a back-to-back set after beating the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon in D.C. Boston’s offense kept rolling with that a 4-2 win over a Washington team that’s fighting hard for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Flyers enter Sunday in the playoff picture. Philly currently holds the third spot in the Metropolitan Division. Philadelphia has won six of its last 10 and has been one of the hotter teams in the league in the past month.

No one can come close to matching what the Bruins have done in March, though. Boston is playing its final game of the month, a month that will have seen the Bruins play 17 games. They enter Sunday’s matchup with a 14-1-1 record through the first 29 days of March. In that time, the Bruins have clinched a playoff spot and clinched the Atlantic Division on Saturday.

Puck drop from Philly is slated for 12:30 p.m.

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