The Bruins are on the road today, visiting the Philadelphia Flyers, in a matinee game, to be broadcast on NESN, and in other markets on ESPN+, SportsNet1 & NBC Sports Philadelphia
Last time in Bruins Hockey…
The Bruins visited the Caps, and got out to an early lead, dominating posession and shots in the first period. They got off to a good start, with Jeremy Lauzon landing a goal a mere 33 seconds into the game! Late in the period, Anton Blidh – who had previously gotten a few nice looks by hanging around the front of the net – found a puck foolishly sent his way by a defender, and he tucked it into the open corner of the net. The Bruins went into the period break up 2-0 after having put 17 shots on net and allowing only 9.
The second period looked to be a little rougher to start, and rookie D-man Jakub Zboril went to the box for tripping. But lake into the penalty-kill, Brad Marchand took charge and dropped in his 30 shorthanded goal of the season!
However, things would not go flawlessly for the black & gold. The Bruins began to have problems getting the puck out of the defensive zone, with rookie netminder Jeremy Swayman keeping the net clean in his 2nd NHL start. Anton Blidh – a hero of the prior period – would commit a slash against Lars Eller. Then, as Eller was sliding down, would shove the Capitals player, and would be assessed consecutive minor penalties for slashing & roughing. A mere twenty-five seconds later, Zboril would foolishly get flagged for interference, effectively turning the Blidh penalty from a double-minor to a double 5-on-3! The Caps would not let them get away with that unscathed. Four seconds later, Ovi would score, clearing the first of Blidh’s penalties, but the 5-on-3 would be avaiable for another 1:56. Unless of course, a defense trying to prevent Ovi from getting another opportunity would open the door for T.J. Oshie to score 19 seconds later.
Fortunately, the Bruins would keep the Caps out of the net for the rest of the period and maintain the 3-2 lead.
The Bruins would not get a 5-on-3 of their own, but in the 3rd period, the Bruins would get a power play opportunity – and took advantage, with Craig Smith flinging a biscuit into the basket for a 4-2 lead.
The Bruins would hold on to win.
The Bruins are now at 21-10-6 which still has them at 4th in the MassMutual East division by victory points, 8 points behind the Caps and the Isles.
They are also 4th in the division with a points percentage of .649.
What will be the lines today?
The lines were getting back to normal, but they are pretty messed up right now.
The Injury Report: Ondrej Kaše is skating – in Boston. John Moore will be out all summer. Brandon Carlo is out, week-to-week, with a different upper-body injury. Charlie McAvoy is out, Kevan Miller in his spot.
Pasta is still on Krejci’s line. Craig Smith has been on Bergeron’s right side. Karson Kulman is been playing on Charlie Coyle’s right side. Chris Wagner in his usual spot on the game-day roster. Anton Blidh on the left side, 4th.
Tuukka Rask remains out. Jaroslav Halak is still on the COVID list. Jeremy Swayman gets his third game in net as an NHL player, Dan Vladař is his backup.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#1 Jeremy Swayman||(#80 Dan Vladař)|
Today’s opponent are the Flyers. The Bruins have seen these guys 7 times this season, with pretty good results. The Bruins walked away with points each time.
The Flyers are fairly healthy now, with only Morgan Frost on IR. Carter Hart appears to have regained his mojo, but that didn’t work out for them last time, and he will not be in goal tonight.
(h/t the Philly Inquirer’s Sam Carichi):
#25 James van Riemsdyk — #14 Sean Couturier — #23 Oskar Lindblom
#11 Travis Konecny — #28 Claude Giroux — #93 Jakub Voracek
#21 Scott Laughton — #13 Kevin Hayes — #86 Joel Farabee
#12 Michael Raffl — #19 Nolan Patrick — #62 Nicolas Aube-Kubel
#9 Ivan Provorov — #61 Justin Braun
#6 Travis Sanheim — #8 Robert Hagg
#55 Samuel Morin — #53 Shayne Gostisbehere
#37 Brian Elliott
(#79 Carter Hart)
Referees: #11 Kelly Sutherland — #2 Jon Mclsaac
Linesmen: #55 Kyle Flemington — #83 Matt MacPherson
(as usual, h/t Scouting the Refs)