Talking points: Marchand's 5-point day leads way
Brad Marchand gets the big wheel of the game award for his five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and the big short-handed breakaway goal in the first period that stirred things up for the Bruins. The B’s fell down by a 1-0 score early in the first period and it was unsure which way things were going to go, given the way the Bruins have played on home ice. So, Marchand made a huge play when he blocked the Sean Couturier shot at the blue line, beat Ivan Provorov in a race to the Philly net and then pushed the puck past Michael Neuvirth as Provorov was hooking him from behind. The Marchand shorty kick-started a day where he finished with two goals, five points, a plus-4 rating in 21:06 of ice time and seven shot attempts in a dominant performance.
Jakub Voracek was largely invisible in the game aside from backing his way into a reckless boarding hit on Kevan Miller, and knocking the Bruins defenseman from the game. Voracek didn’t even seem to slow down when he saw Miller’s numbers in the corner, so the sudden move to turn himself around and crash into Miller with his backside didn’t do anything to avoid the recklessness of the play. Aside from that Voracek picked up an assist on the Wayne Simmonds power play goal, but was held without a shot on net in 19:33 of ice time. He also had a couple of giveaways on an afternoon when the B’s didn’t have anything close to their best.
The Bruins entered the second period tied at a 1-1 score, and turned the usually problematic middle 20 minutes into the period that saw them pull away entirely from the Flyers. A pair of goals from David Krejci and Torey Krug in the first six minutes of the period got the Black and Gold train rolling, and the Flyers were never really in it after that despite staying in striking distance with the odd goal of their own. Instead it was the Bruins outshooting the Flyers by a 16-9 margin in the middle 20 minutes and basically icing the game with all the scoring they would need until Brad Marchand iced with an empty net goal in the final minute.
Torey Krug scored a goal in his third consecutive game and made a gut-punch play in the second period when he started with a transition pass in the D-zone and then somehow beat all Flyers defenders up to the ice to redirect a Marchand pass through Neuvirth. It was a classic case of Krug and the Bruins hustling while the Flyers looked completely unready for what the B’s were throwing at them. Krug finished with a goal and two points along with a plus-1 rating in 20:18 of ice time and had a team-high six shots on net and nine shot attempts in a full afternoon of puck-moving offense. Krug has been playing a very high level for the last month and Saturday afternoon’s big game was another example of that.
BY THE NUMBERS: 500
The number of career NHL points for David Krejci after his power-play strike in the second period.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Right now, he's feeling it.” –Claude Julien on Brad Marchand, who has seven goals in his past five games after scoring a pair on Saturday.