Rask Stones Flyers Comeback; Bruins Win in Shootout
Tuukka Rask is good at getting in the way of things.
The Flyers were on the verge of another third period comeback, but it was Rask who stood in their way. He also stood in the way of 49 shots, leading the Bruins to a 4-3 shootout win at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.
Rask proved why Boston gave him an extension in the offseason. Rask was also the reason Boston skated away with two points.
He fought off an Flyers onslaught in the third period. Philadelphia out-shot Boston 52-30 on the game, including 17-6 in the third period and 8-1 in overtime.
The one person Rask couldn't get in the way of was Vincent Lecavalier, who has seen his play rejuvenated the last two games.
Lecavalier, playing mostly on the fourth line the last two games as well as centering the second line for a bit on Sunday, scored twice for the Flyers.
Five minutes, 25 seconds into the game, Lecavalier received a feed from Adam Hall for his first of the game and 400th in his career. It was just Hall's third assist of the season, and first point in 12 games.
Boston tied the game up midway through the period thanks to a familiar face for the Flyers. Andrej Meszaros, who was traded to Boston at the deadline, rifled a shot past Steve Mason to tie the game up 1-1.
The Flyers got the lead right back in the final minute of the first. Jakub Voracek, who has been playing very well in the last four games, set up Kimmo Timonen with a pass on a 2-on-1 to beat Rask and make it 2-1.
The second period was all about Boston, who erased the Flyers lead and swung momentum in its favoir.
On the power play, Zdeno Chara made a fancy move down low and back-handed the puck past Mason's left shoulder to tie the game. Less than six minutes later, Patrice Bergeron scored his 27th of the season to give the Bruins the lead.
The Flyers began their third period magic again.
In the final minute of play, and with Mason sitting on the bench, the Flyers corralled a bouncing puck. Voracek got his second assist of the game, sliding the bouncing puck to Lecavalier, who deposited into the open net for his second of the game and 18th on the season.
“He’s been playing really good, obviously he’s shot is pretty impressive," Claude Giroux said. "For him to get that goal there with a minute left… there’s not a better guy to deserve that.”
The Flyers continued to pepper Rask with shots in overtime, but the Finnish netminder wouldn't give in.
In the shootout, Giroux was the only Flyer able to get one past Rask. A fancy move by Bergeron as well as the winner from Reilly Smith salvaged the second point for Boston.
Mason put up a valiant effort for the Flyers as well, stopping 27 saves in the loss.
Regardless of the outcome, the Flyers continued to show fight late in games. Their recent play has also been impressive, going 6-2-1 during a 12-game stretch against playoff teams.
"It’s desperation," Scott Hartnell said. "Guys are laying their bodies on the line, taking some hits to make plays, the little things that I think you need to be successful in the regular season and if keep you playing that way in the playoffs you’ll do all right as well.
I think it was a big effort by everyone, just too bad we couldn’t get that extra point in the shootout."