Bruins 6, Flyers 0: Zdeno Chara Returns Strong As Boston Routs Philadelphia

Defenseman Zdeno Chara returned to the ice on Saturday in a big way. He scored a goal and helped the Boston Bruins defeat the Philadelphia Flyers, 6-0.

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Bruins' Milan Lucic Suspended One Game For Hit On Flyers' Zac Rinaldo

Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has been suspended one game by the NHL after his hit from behind on Zac Rinaldo of the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Lucic has 11 goals and 13 assists in 31 games player for the Bruins this year.

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Bruins 6, Flyers 0: Zdeno Chara Returns Strong As Boston Routs Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Boston exacted its revenge on Saturday, getting goals from six different players in a resounding 6-0 road victory over Philadelphia.

It was the Flyers that spoiled the Bruins’ opening-night raising of their Stanley Cup banner. Boston returned the favor by snapping Philadelphia’s winning streak at seven games behind a four-goal first period and Tim Thomas’ fourth shutout of the season.

“We had a well rounded game today,” said Thomas, who made 31 saves. “We had all types of situations, power plays, penalty kills and even strength. We scored on the power play and we started out the game with a big goal, which helped put the momentum in our favor. Then, every time there was an opportunity for them to get back in the game, with a penalty or something, we came up big on the penalty kill.”

Boston notched its fourth straight win and improved to 18-2-1 since November 1. The defending champs joined Philadelphia atop the Eastern Conference with 43 points.

The Bruins wasted little time, beating Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov twice in the first 2:50 of the contest.

A driving Benoit Pouliot redirected a pass from Rich Peverley 27 seconds after the game’s opening faceoff. Daniel Paille then fired home the rebound of a Dennis Seidenberg point shot.

Boston went up 3-0 on a power-play goal by the returning Zdeno Chara. Nine seconds into the man-advantage, Chara, who missed the previous two games with a lower-body injury and earlier in the frame squared off with Philadelphia pugilist Jody Shelley, lit the lamp on a slap shot through traffic from the left point at 8:08.

The Bruins struck again on a power play, this time with the Flyers down two men, as Milan Lucic staked a claim in front of Bryzgalov and tipped in a Joe Corvo shot at 17:10.

Bryzgalov was pulled after Nathan Horton registered Boston’s third consecutive power-play tally at the 7:06 mark of the second period.

Later in the middle stanza, Lucic received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for a hit from behind on Zac Rinaldo. Philadelphia generated a couple chances during the extended power play that bled into the third period.

Tyler Seguin capped the scoring with 7:48 to play.

“It was a tough day for us, and it was not typical of the way we have been playing or executing,” said Philadelphia head coach Peter Laviolette.

Game Notes

Claude Julien recorded his 200th win as Boston’s head coach…Thomas posted his 30th career shutout…Peverley had three assists and Corvo collected two helpers…Bryzgalov stopped 15 shots, while Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 16 saves in relief…Philadelphia’s Jaromir Jagr played in his 1,300th NHL game…Flyers rookie forward Sean Couturier sustained a head injury late in the first period when he was struck by a shot off the stick of teammate Kimmo Timonen…Philadelphia was 0-for-6 on the power play.

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Bruins Vs. Flyers: B's Chase Bryzgalov, Lead Flyers 5-0 Through Two Periods

After getting four goals past him in the first period, the Boston Bruins were finally able to chase Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the game. The reason being that they were able to get get another goal past Russia born goalie.

Nathan Horton ended Bryzgalov's day when he netted his ninth goal of the season in the seventh minute of the second period off an assists from Zdeno Chara and Rich Peverley. Replacing Bryzgalov was Sergei Bobrovsky, someone the Bruins know all to well from the playoffs last season. However to this point, the Bruins have yet to score off of him.

Through two periods, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas continues to look sharp. To this point, he's saved all 23 shots the Flyers have sent toward him.

The biggest news of the period had to be when Bruins forward Milan Lucic was ejected from the game for a game misconduct after getting in a tussle with the Flyers' Zac Rinaldo after checking him from behind. Lucic's five minute major marks the Bruins' eleventh penalty of the day. But to this point, it's been all B's in this one.

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Bruins Vs. Flyers: Big First Period Sets Up B's With 4-0 Lead Over Flyers

Traveling into a hostile environment like the Wells Fargo Center meant that the Boston Bruins would have to get off to a quick start in order to silence the home Philadelphia Flyer fans. With the first period complete in Philadelphia, it appears that the B's got the message.

The Bruins didn't even need a minute to get on the scoreboard as Benoit Pouliot got the party started with his fifth goal of the season off a Rich Peverley feed within the first thirty seconds of the game. A few minutes later, the Bruins were able to double their lead with a Daniel Pallie shot that beat Flyer goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to give the B's a 2-0 lead.

Bruin power play goals were hard to come by last season, but it appears the team is putting things together this season. The Bruins were able to capitalize on two Flyer penalties and increase the lead to 4-0 after goals by Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara. Chara, is making his first start since missing two games with an injury.

Tim Thomas has once again been phenomenal for the Bruins in this one. Through one period, he has saved all 17 shots the Flyers have sent his way. Meanwhile, Bryzgalov has saved 15 out of 20 shots from the Bruins.

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Bruins Vs. Flyers Preview: TV/Radio Info, Time, Location And More

Event: Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers
Date/Time: Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 1 p.m. EDT.
Location: Wells Fargo Center (Capacity: 19,537), Philadelphia, PA.
Broadcast Info: Saturday's game between the Bruins and the Flyers will be broadcast live on NESN, and the NHL Network. The game can also be heard on the 98.5 the Sports Hub Radio Network, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.
Last Time Out: The B’s are coming off a three-game winning streak after taking a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Even without their captain Zdeno Chara, the Bruins have managed to take every win without him, though they will certainly be happy to have him back.

In Wednesday night’s game, Rich Peverley scored the first goal for the second time in two nights. He kicked started his team who scored four more goals, including two from fourth liner Daniel Paille. Chris Kelly and Patrice Bergeron also netted goals.

Philadelphia currently boasts a seven-game winning streak, going without a loss in the month of December. The most recent win was on Thursday where they took a 4-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens in Canada. Sergei Bobrovsky was in net and the Flyers had four different goal scorers in that game.

Storyline: This is the second time the Bruins and Flyers will meet this season. That last outing was opening night where the Flyers took the game 2-1 in Boston. Brad Marchand had the lone goal in that game for the B’s, while Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each scored for the Flyers.

The Bruins are flying out to Philly now, and won’t have to deal with Chris Pronger this time, and perhaps Claude Giroux too. Pronger was diagnosed with a severe concussion and is out for the year. Giroux also has a concussion and hasn’t been cleared to play yet.

Meanwhile, Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is out with a knee injury and it has not been decided if he will play or not.

Players To Watch: Giroux was the leading scorer for the Flyers before he was sidelined. Scott Hartnell is second on the team, though you can expect Jaromir Jagr to also provide some of the offense in the game.

Tim Thomas will have to be on his game, and with Chara’s status still unclear, the defensive game will have to step it up. Joe Corvo has netted a couple of goals in those games, and the rest of the pairings will have to continue to pinch in and keep the shots and opportunities to a minimum.


Also, you can expect the first line to come out and have a strong game for the Bruins. Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton have to come out and produce, or the Flyers offense is going to be the difference maker.

Prediction: I think the Flyers are going to be pumped for this game, and are going to put some extra emphasis on their defensive game with the number of injuries they are facing. But if the Bruins can come out and score two quick goals, we have seen they they can hold the lead well, even against the first place team in the Eastern Conference. Final Score: Bruins 4, Flyers 3 (OT).

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Bruins Vs. Flyers: Sans Captain, Philly Looks To Stomp Out B's

With the Eastern Conference lead on the line, the Bruins and the Flyers will face off today at 1 p.m., and one of the teams will leave the game without a winning streak anymore.

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