David Krejci quickly tied the game back up at four with a deflection 1:19 into the third period. Then with 15 minutes left in the period Gregory Campbell squeaked the biscuit past Bryz and gave the Bruins a 5-4 lead.
It always seems like every save is an adventure with Bryzgalov and his positioning on that last goal was very questionable. Half of his body was actually in the net with the rest of his body left floundering trying to make a save.
A pin drop could have been heard in the once electric Wells Fargo Center, but somehow, someway Max Talbot deflected a Matt Carle point shot past the once mighty Tim Thomas to tie the game at 5. It was the third power play goal of the game for the orange and black.
The rest of the 9:22 left on the clock ticked away and after all of that scoring an overtime was needed to find a winner. It’s a shame that this one couldn’t have ended with playoff overtime rules as 4-on-4 then a shootout just didn’t seem like a fitting way to end this one.
In the overtime the Flyers killed off a 4-on-3 for a minute and forty seconds! That’s basically an eternity and is a testament to just how good Sean Couturier has been on the penalty kill this season.
Once the overtime session ended every Flyers fan had to be deeply concerned because of just how poor Bryzgalov was in his previous shootout appearance this season. He didn’t record a save on three chances against the Avalanche and didn’t make a save on two chances in this one. The Bruins got out of dodge with a 6-5 victory keeping their perfect record when having a two goal lead intact.
Yet there was an odd sense of optimism after watching that exciting tilt yesterday. This was the best game that the Flyers have played against the Bruins since that memorable series two years ago in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Flyers finally didn’t look passive against this Boston club and actually looked like they belonged on the same ice and remember that eight, (EIGHT!), rookies suited up for the fly guys yesterday.
If this was indeed a preview of what is to come in the Eastern Conference playoffs then get ready for one of the most exciting series in recent memory, just know that it might break your heart.
My gripe with the NHL Network
I know that the day belonged to the conference championships in the NFL, but how could the NHL Network ignore putting this game on TV. It would be very simple for them just have scheduled this game on their rotation to make sure that hockey fans got a chance to see this one. I don’t live in the Philadelphia TV region so I had to find the game online. Thankfully I found a pretty good stream of the game and was able to hear Jim Jackson and Bill Clement call the action, but I just can’t get over the fact that the NHL network wouldn’t put on a game that features two of their premiere markets. You wonder why the NHL is struggling to find an identity look no further than poor planning and decisions.
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