The Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers to open the new season 2-1. This was a high tempo spirited affair that had the fans on the edge of their seats throughout all 3 periods.
The Bruins got on the board first in the first period with a power play goal by Reilly Smith. He scored from the backside after a scramble in the right corner, that Patrice Bergeron won and slipped a pass to Carl Soderberg who find Smith cruising in from the left side point and put a bullet pass right on his stick and he beat Mason before he could react. The Bruins fourth line was a growing concern for the Flyers all night as they finished their checks and pushed the puck forward with speed. Dan Paille seemed to have good chemistry within Craig Cunningham and Bobby Robins as they bumped, dumped and finished checks in the corners, behind the Flyers net and on the side boards all night. The rest of the Bruins seemed to take heart after every energy shift. Robins had his first fight in an official NHL game and took Luke Schenn to task in the second period.
The Flyers managed to get an opportune goal just past the early point of the third period on a giveaway by Doug Hamilton. Sean Couturier tipped a pass by Tuukka Rask to set some high drama as the clock ticked down in the third period. With about five minutes left in the game the Bruins made a sustained push with the Soderberg, Bergeron and Spooner lines. With just over 2 minutes to go Chris Kelly chipped in a rebound off an Adam McQuaid blast from the point. The shot broke McQuaid stick and seemed to flutter in and handcuff Steve Mason. The rebound dropped off his right side and Kelly was there to scoop it past him for the go ahead and winning goal. Tuukka Rask stopped 19 of 20 shots and the Bruins had the victory.
My stars of the game were third start Reilly Smith, second star Tuukka Rask and first star Chris Kelly.
Until Next Time !