BOSTON-- Seeking to snap their most recent, season-long four game losing streak, the Boston Bruins came out hungry in the first period on Saturday against the Eastern Conference rival Philadelphia Flyers. Fortunately, for a Boston squad that couldn't hold a lead, they were able to hold on for a much-needed win in the shootout.
Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin were responsible for giving the Black and Gold a 2-0 lead after the first twenty minutes of action after a period that saw the ice completely tilted into Boston's favor.
Matt Read would cut the Flyers' deficit in half with his 20th tally of the season at the mid-point of the second period when he deflected home a Danny Briere wrist shot whilst on the power-play.
For the better part of the second frame and for almost the entirety of the third, we would see two teams execute air-tight defensive hockey to keep the score at 2-1 in favor of Boston.
However, the Flyers would knot the score at two late in the final frame when Jakub Voracek would deflect a Braydon Coburn shot past Tim Thomas with only four minutes left in regulation time.
Both teams would play to a scoreless tie through the five minute overtime period, with the Bruins taking the extra point by way of the shootout.
The obligatory violence that comes with hockey in Boston on St. Patrick's Day featured two evenly matched bouts, a first period exchange between Gregory Campbell and Zac Rinaldo and some second frame fisticuffs featuring Johnny Boychuk and Max Talbot.