Flyers Stifle Boston; Snap Four-Game Skid
For the first time since March 15 the Flyers knew what it felt like to win a game.
The Flyers snapped a four-game losing streak, beating the Bruins 3-1 Saturday afternoon. It was a hard-earned win for the Orange and Black, who ran into a long string of bad luck the past two weeks.
Ilya Bryzgalov was absolutely fantastic in the win, stopping 33 shots to earn the win.
The Flyers power play remained hot, getting them on the board early once again despite matching up with the top penalty kill unit in the league.
Boston was stifling the Flyers attempts to gain the zone through the first half of the power play. Philadelphia finally penetrated and it was Mike Knuble who had the honors.
Knuble scored his second goal in as many games since returning, beating Tuukka Rask to make it a 1-0 game with 4:41 remaining in the first period.
It was the Flyers fifth straight converted power play in as many chances. They remained perfect in the last four games, going 5-for-5.
The Flyers kept their pressure up early in the second period and it paid off just 3:18 in. They created a 3-on-1 rush with Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux being denied by Rask.
They sustained the momentum and it was Matt Read who came in to bury. Voracek sent a nice cross-ice pass to Read, who settled the puck down and blasted it passed Rask to make it a 2-0 game.
Read nearly scored again later in the period, firing a wrister on Rask that deflected off the knob of the goaltender’s stick and off the cross bar. They continued to get chances with Simon Gagne and Ruslan Fedotenko missing a handful of chances in the final minutes of the period.
Boston got a goal back early in the third period. Dennis Seidenberg threw the puck on net and Nathan Horton was there to pick up the garbage and cut the lead to 2-1 just five minutes into the third.
The Bruins got some late pressure in the game as well, pulling Rask with 1:37 left. The early pull burned the Bruins though as Fedotenko fired a shot on the empty net from the neutral zone to ice the game, 3-1.
It was probably the best game the Flyers played all season, coming against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. If it isn't too late for a turn-around, this game could be the turning point, though the road will be tough in the remaining 14 games.