The Boston Bruins came away with the tie breaker last night edging out the Philadelphia Flyers 7-5 in an offensively charged game. Just 2:35 into the first period Jody Shelly and Shawn Thornton would drop the gloves and set the tone early but from there it was all hockey. Scott Hartnell would score at 3:34 from Ville Leino and Danny Briere to make it 1-0. Brian Boucher kept it scoreless for the Bruins until the Flyers would take three hooking penalties from Richards, Hartnell and Coburn that would eventually come back to bite them. Brian Boucher made some great saves but the Flyers would eventually give up a goal from Zdeno Chara at the 18:16 on a Bruins power play. Teams would go to the locker room tied at one.
Just 45 seconds into the second period the red hot Patrice Bergeron would net his 5th point in his last two games. Nikolay Zherdev would score on a break away from Andreas Nodl with five minutes left in the second period to tie the game. Jeff Carter would net one for the go ahead goal going into the third period.
The third period consisted of a flurry of goals and end to end action. Boston would come out firing at only 38 seconds in with Mark Recchi pouncing on a bad bounce off the end boards. Just one minute later Micheal Ryder would score for the go ahead goal. Danny Briere would tie it up and Sean O’Donnell would put the Flyers up 5-4. The Flyers would kill off a cross-checking penalty from Danny Briere but Brad Marchand would tie the game a minute later. Mike Richards would take another penalty late in the game for high sticking but the Flyers would kill it off only to have Steven Kampfer score the go ahead goal at 18:46 in the third. Gregory Campbell would get an empty netter for the 7-5 win.
Although we lost this game, the Flyers played hard from start to finish. Taking some bad penalties was the difference in this game. Matt Walker made his first start with the Flyers and looked like he was struggling with some “rust” issues. Nikolay Zherdev was back in the line-up and played well making some ask the question, why he is spending so much time in the press box? Daniel Carcillo was the healthy scratch for the forwards. It will be a quick turn around for the Flyers when they face the Atlanta Thrashers tonight in Atlanta. They need to take the positives from the game last night, and there were many, and continue to surge ahead putting this loss behind them.
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