Special to the Phanatic
Boston, MA -- Tuukka Rask turned back all 23 shots he faced to notch his second shutout of the
season, and the Boston goaltender received three goals within a 2:18 span in the
first period that lifted the Bruins to a 3-0 decision over the slumping
Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden.
Rask became the fourth goaltender to blank the Flyers since the building opened in 1996, after Bill Ranford (2-0 on 11/26/96), Byron Dafoe (3-0 on 4/3/99) and Jeff Hackett (1-0 in OT 1/25/03).
The 25-year old Finn also turned in his first-ever whitewash of Philly in his first start against the franchise since Game 7 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
"Really good. I think the best so far, this year. They did a great job," Rask said about the defense in front of him.
Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille all lit the lamp during Boston's
scoring barrage, which in turn dealt the Flyers a third consecutive defeat that
matched a season-high losing skid.
"I don't know if I can say it's back on track until I see it on a consistent basis," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien of his club's solid defensive effort.
Ilya Bryzgalov finished with 25 saves for Philadelphia, which opened the
shortened 2013 campaign with setbacks to Pittsburgh, Buffalo and New Jersey from
The Orange and Black also dropped three straight from Jan. 27 to Feb. 1 at Tampa Bay, the Rangers and Washington.
Hell Week, in which the club has failed to record a single point in three losses, officially concludes on Sunday night on home ice with a tilt against the Buffalo Sabres.
"We packed it in," said Scott Hartnell -- the same Hartnell who did his own version of a demolition derby during Friday's brief practice before travel to Boston.
As a result of that listless effort, the team held a closed-door meeting following the game, whose effects will only be known as the season rolls on.
"It's always good when you have a meeting," Flyers captain Claude Giroux
said. "You want to make sure everybody's on the same page, and that's
what we did."
Coming off a shaky outing Thursday against Pittsburgh in which he was pulled in the second period, Bryzgalov had a rough stretch in this one as well. The Philadelphia netminder surrendered goals on three straight shots that staked the Bruins to a commanding early lead they never relinquished.
The first came on a Boston power play with 8:07 left in the opening period. After the Flyers failed to clear the zone following a faceoff win, Seguin buried the puck into an open left side after receiving a well-placed backhand feed from Milan Lucic.
Just 1:35 later, Kelly made it a 2-0 game by ripping home a wrister from the slot off Jordan Caron's pass from the left boards, and a Philadelphia turnover caused by Boston's Shawn Thornton set up a 2-on-1 rush between Gregory Campbell and Paille that resulted in the latter's fourth goal of the season a
mere 43 seconds after Kelly's tally.
Bryzgalov held his own the rest of the way, especially during an active second period in which the Bruins put 13 shots on net but failed to score. However, the Philadelphia offense continued to sputter as Rask polished off his 13th career shutout.
The Flyers' best scoring opportunity came on a power play with just under 13 minutes left, when Jakub Voracek delivered a blast from the point that bounced off the right post. Braydon Coburn had a chance late in the contest after Rask left the net unattended while attempting to play the puck, but Lucic preserved
the shutout by making a sliding stop on the Philadelphia defenseman's attempt.
"After 1-0, we stopped competing," Philly head coach Peter Laviolette said "Up
until that point, 10 minutes into the game, guys were playing hard.
There wasn't a lot of room out there either way. They scored a goal and
we never recovered. We never responded to it. We were looking for a
response from last game and that wasn't the response we were looking
Notes: The Bruins upped their record to 11-0-1 on the season when recording the first goal, while Philadelphia fell to 3-10-1 when allowing the opponent to score first...Boston's Rich Peverley earned his 200th career point with an assist on Kelly's goal...Caron was making his season debut after being called up from Providence of the AHL on Friday, with the Bruins waiving forward Chris Bourque in a corresponding move...Philadelphia defenseman Andrej Meszaros returned to the lineup for the first time since Jan. 24, having missed the team's last 21 games with a dislocated shoulder...The Flyers fell to 1-5-0 against Northeast Division foes this season...In defeat, the Flyers blocked 25 Boston shots and Eric Gustafsson led the way with five.