Both teams had their fair share of hockey heading into this afternoon's game, and by the end of today's 6-5 shootout victory, it was easy to see the fatigue.
In 24 hours, the Bruins played 130 minutes of hockey and ended tonight's game in a shootout.
And it wasn't a light-hitting kind of game.
The game racked up 68 penalty minutes, including three different fights. Nathan Horton left the game at the end of the second period, after he took a high hit to the head earlier in the period.
Steven Kampfer took a couple tough hits as well, leaving him on the ice a little longer than anticipated.
But of course it all came down to the goals put in the net, and both teams were pretty good at doing that today.
The goals seemed to come in bunches all game, and at different times for both teams. Flyers forward Scott Hartnell put up a natural hat trick in the second period, for his sixth career 3-goal game. Those goals put the Flyers up 4-3 heading into the final frame.
Luckily for the Bruins, their goal differential in the third period is at +38, and they lived up to it, putting up two goals in the first five minutes of the third period. The Flyers did come back and score their fifth goal of the game, and tied it up 5-5 10:38 in the third.
But it was David Krejci and Tyler Seguin that put the game away, putting in two of the three shootout goals to give the Bruins the two points to tie them for first in the Eastern Conference.
After the Bruins took a two goal lead in the first, the Flyers showed a little bit of their own firepower, burying three goals of their own in the second period--a natural hat trick from forward Scott Hartnell.
And of course, you can't have a period without a fight. This time, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Jody Shelley at 7:28.
Each team has a power play goal now, and Hartnell's first gave the Flyers some momentum for the rest of the period. His second came just four minutes after his first and his third that gave him the natural hat trick came with 47 seconds left to go in the period.
That is Hartnell's sixth career hat trick, and it gave the Flyers the lead after forty minutes.
The Bruins are 4-8-1 when they trail after the second period, but have a +37 goal differential in the third period so far this season.
Seguin's goal came on the power play (and there were plenty of penalties in the period--36 minutes worth in fact.) The Bruins had a span where they had a couple of 5-on-3 man advantages with both teams getting heated in the period, and Seguin took advantage of it, wristing one past Bryzgalov 9:01 into the first.
Lucic continued the scoring and earned two of the three requirements needed for the Gordie Howe hat trick--the goal and the fight. His fight came just 1:24 into the period, when he dropped gloves with Flyers forward Tom Sestito.
In the first period alone, the game has already seen two fights, the 36 penalty minutes and four goals.
Tim Thomas has made nine saves off ten shots, and Bryzgalov has 12 saves of 15 shots.
Bruins Vs. Flyers Preview: TV/Radio Info, Time, Location And More
Event: Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers Date/Time: Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 3 p.m. EDT. Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA Broadcast Info: Sunday's game between the Flyers and the Devils will be broadcast live on NESN. The game can also be heard on 100.7 FM, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.
Ference, who has a meeting with Brendan Shanahan at 10 this morning, is likely to be unavailable for Boston, which called up Steven Kampfer from Providence.
The Flyers beat New Jersey 4-1 on Saturday afternoon, but not without a big expense, as they lost center Danny Briere to a concussion and winger Jaromir Jagr to a lower-body injury. The Flyers will look to Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell to step up and fill the void tonight.
Storyline: Flyers-Bruins matchups require no introduction. The last time out, Boston thumped the Flyers 6-0 after Philadelphia ruined Boston's opening night ceremonies with a 2-1 victory back in October.
Players To Watch: Look for Hartnell and Giroux to be big for Philadelphia, and expect a strong effort from Nathan Horton for Boston, who played with a bee under his bonnet throughout all of Saturday's matinee loss to the Rangers.
Prediction: Tough to tell how two tired teams will fare. The Bruins are likely to be a bit more sore after a physical matchup with the Rangers, but both teams will be without key players in this one. It likely won't be a blowout like the last game, but to expect this one to be a high-scoring duel is asking a bit much. Bruins 3, Flyers 1