808 and Flyers Heartbreak

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After Tyler Seguin scored to make it 2-1, Brayden Schenn who has been struggling to find his identity on this team laid one of the best CLEAN hits you’ll ever see on Steve Kampfer, who subsequently had to be helped off of the ice because it was clear he had no idea Philadelphia was his current location. Chris Kelly quickly challenged Schenn who obliged and the two squared off in the second fight of the game. You could feel the building light up after that hit, but it wouldn’t be until the second period that the building would light up after another Flyers goal.

For all of the physicality that the Flyers shelled out in the first period, they still found themselves down 3-1 going into the second period. A smorgasbord of penalties were called early in the period due to a jumble up in front of the home team’s net. It gave the opportunistic Flyers power play a chance to cut into the lead and who better than Scott Hartnell to do just that.

He scored his 23rd goal of the season on the exact same play that the team ran against the Devils a day before. It is pretty simple, as the defense gets set into their box position Hartnell creeps into the space that the defense GIVES him. Giroux knows exactly where to go with the puck and BANG Hartnell scores for a case of Tastykakes.

Three seconds after the second goal from number 19, Jody Shelley put the crowd in a frenzy with the third fight of the game.

Fast forward almost four minutes later, Johnny Boychuk cannot clear the puck, Giroux keeps it in finds Hartnell in the slot who takes the shot and it deflects off of Adam McQuaid past Thomas. Suddenly the game is square at three.

You would think that Boston, who is seventh in the league in penalty kill percentage (85.1), would keep an eye on Hartnell and keep him away from the slot. Well they didn’t seem to think that he would beat them again, but once again Hartnell got into that golden area in between the Boston defenders where Giroux feeds him…BANG! A natural hat trick and three boxes of Tastykakes for the red hot Hartnell in the second period. He literally stopped the game as the refs instructed the teams to leave the ice with 49.5 seconds remaining on the clock due to the amount of hats on the ice. The rest of the period was played after intermission something that I have never seen before.

The key to the play on the man advantage is that all four penalty killers turn their head to watch where Giroux is going to go and lose sight of Hartnell. By the time that Giroux makes the pass the defenders can’t react and Thomas can only take a guess as to where the puck is going to be, he goes down in the butterfly as the puck goes above his blocker.

The Bruins had not lost a game this season when having a two goal lead (23-0-0), but the unlikeliest of things happened to the beast of the East. Now it was their turn to come back and steal this one on the road.

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