It looked like Brad Marchand might be down and out after taking a check to the head in the first period from Ivan Provorov, but instead, the Bruins left winger appeared to get angry and use that to his advantage in the second period. Marchand set up David Pastrnak’s goal with a clever pass after gaining control of the face-off in the offensive zone, and then Marchand himself scored to cap things off after taking in a high-to-low pass from Charlie McAvoy. Marchand finished with a goal and two points, a plus-2 rating, three shot attempts, two hits and three takeaways in a pretty full afternoon that started with bouncing back from a punishing high hit early in the game. That’s the kind of toughness that wins games and makes players into leaders out on the ice.
Shayne Gostisbehere used to be the “it” defenseman for the Flyers a couple of years ago as a high-flying rookie and he's actually been pretty good for them this season. But the Flyers blueliner had a disappointing effort against the Bruins on Saturday. Sure Ghost played 24:35 of ice time and he managed to get out of the game without being on the ice for any goals against, but he also played some very undisciplined, selfish hockey at times. It was Gostisbehere that took an ill-advised cross-check on Marchand while the Flyers were on the power play and completely wiped out their man-advantage opportunity. He also missed the net with seven of his 10 shot attempts while sticking mostly to the perimeter with his offensive forays.
The Bruins were actually outshot 10-8 in the second period, and it looked like the Flyers might be crawling back into the game when they appeared to score a last-minute, power-play goal at the end of the period. But Wayne Simmonds and his elbow made contact with Tuukka Rask’s helmet as the Claude Giroux shot made it to the net and the officials upheld a Bruins coach’s challenge for goalie interference after reviewing the video. That wiped the goal off the board and pretty much took all the wind out of their sails at a time when the Flyers really needed a break. It was game over once that was all done.
The Bruins were actually outshot 20-12 in the final two periods but it didn’t matter because their defense was working quite well in tandem with a comfortable, confident Rask. The Bruins goalie was aided by a coach’s challenge at the end of the second period, but also played a very strong game while stopping all 28 shots he faced. There weren’t many spectacular saves in the strong defensive performance, but Rask kept things quiet and harmless while controlling the rebounds and playing his angles perfectly. It was appropriate that it turned out to be Rask’s first shutout of the season and his second win in a row to improve to 5-8-2 on the season.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 – the first goal of the season for Ryan Spooner kicked things off in the first period as he used his speed to separate from the defense and put a couple of filthy moves on Brian Elliott before easily scoring.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“I think I’m probably watching too much Game of Thrones.” –A smiling David Pastrnak, when asked about the sheathing the sword goal celebration after scoring his 13th in the second period.