B’s Score in Bunches
First Period Outburst Sends Boston Past Philly
Boston Bruins' Daniel Paille (20) skates between Philadelphia Flyers' Kimmo Timonen, left, of Finland, and Maxime Talbot (25) in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Boston — It took the Boston Bruins just over 2 minutes to turn a scoreless tie into a 3-0 lead.
The first period scoring outburst was more than enough offense for the Bruins in a 3-0 shutout over the slumping Philadelphia Flyers yesterday.
Boston played one of its best defensive games of the season, limiting Philadelphia to 23 shots as Tuukka Rask picked up his 13th career shutout despite not seeing the puck during several long stretches as his teammates controlled play at the other end of the ice.
“We took their time and space away a lot of times and didn’t give them second chances,” said Chris Kelly, whose goal with 6:32 left in the first period put Boston up 2-0.
Tyler Seguin had just given the Bruins a 1-0 lead of the game when he scored on a power play with 8:07 left, his third goal in two games.
Kelly followed that with a wrist shot from the slot, then Daniel Paille finished the flurry by beating Ilya Bryzgalov on a breakaway with 5:08 still to go in the first. The goals came in a span of just 2:18 and the Bruins remained in command the rest of the way.
“I think we only had one shot in the first 10 minutes, but I didn’t think that we were playing poorly,” Kelly said. “The shots aren’t always there. We seemed to get rolling after that and I thought we played a pretty consistent game.”
Boston got goals from three different lines and the six assists came from six players.
Rask stopped the shots that came his way sporadically and got some help from Seguin, who cleared a loose puck after Rask misplayed it while charged out of the crease to avoid a breakaway.
“I think I saw pretty much every puck,” Rask said. “It’s never easy whenever you don’t see that much traffic. It’s kind of mentally tougher to stay sharp.”
The Bruins also managed to hang on to a 3-0 lead, the same cushion they had Tuesday at Washington before the Capitals rallied to win 4-3 in overtime.
There was no rallying for Philadelphia, which lost its third straight exactly one week after reaching .500 for the first time this season.
“After 1-0, we stopped competing,” coach Peter Laviolette said.
The Flyers held a closed-door team meeting after the game. Philadelphia was coming off a 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday, going scoreless in the final two periods and blowing a 4-1 lead. The scoring drought reached five periods yesterday.
“They scored a goal and we never recovered. We never responded to it,” Laviolette said. “We were looking for a response from last game and that wasn’t the response we were looking for.”
Bryzgalov stopped just three of the six shots he faced in the first period, but regained his composure and was the primary reason the game didn’t turn into a rout. Bryzgalov kept Philadelphia within reach with saves on some great scoring chances for the Bruins, who outshot the Flyers 28-23.
Islanders 5, Capitals 2
Uniondale, n.y. — John Tavares scored two power-play goals in the third period to lift New York over Washington, ending the Capitals’ three-game winning streak.
Tavares scored his 15th goal at 12:13 and his team-leading 16th — the 100th of his career — 30 seconds later, and Evgeni Nabokov made 22 saves for the Islanders. Josh Bailey, Casey Cizikas and Frans Nielsen also scored for the Islanders, who won for the third time in four games and improved to 11-11-3.
Tavares’ first goal came as Washington’s Mike Ribeiro was serving a four-minute penalty for high sticking and unsportsmanlike conduct. His second came with Jeff Schultz in the box — also for a double-minor — as Tavares beat Washington’s Philipp Grubauer, who faced 45 shots in his first NHL start.
Mathieu Perreault and Nicklas Backstrom scored for the Capitals, who came in with eight wins in 11 games since starting the season 2-8-1 under first-year coach Adam Oates.
Blue Jackets 3
Red Wings 0
Columbus, Ohio — Sergei Bobrovsky had 29 saves in his first career shutout, and Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno took advantage of Detroit giveaways to score goals in leading the suddenly hot Blue Jackets over the Red Wings.
Jack Johnson also picked up a power-play goal for the Blue Jackets, who have won four in a row and earned points in their last six. For a change they didn’t work overtime. They had gone to extra time in their previous five games.
Blues 4, Sharks 3 (ot)
San Jose, Calif. — Vladimir Sobotka recorded his first career hat trick and Patrik Berglund scored 72 seconds into overtime to lift St. Louis past San Jose.
Berglund’s team-leading 12th goal of the season came after the Blues rallied from two goals down in the third period. Sobotka, in the best stretch of his career, had both scores to tie it before Berglund’s game-winner. Sobotka has five goals in his last three games.
Scott Gomez had a goal and assist for San Jose, which has lost nine of its last 11 against St. Louis.
Hurricanes 6, Devils 3
Raleigh, n.c. — Jiri Tlusty had two goals, and surging Carolina built an early lead and carried it through to a victory over slumping New Jersey.
Alexander Semin and Jay Harrison scored 28 seconds apart in the first period, and Jeff Skinner and Chris Terry — in his NHL debut — added goals for the Hurricanes, who won for the fifth time in six games. Dan Ellis made 31 saves in the victory.
Tlusty’s second goal was into an empty net with 1:14 remaining.
New Jersey got two goals from Ilya Kovalchuk, including a short-handed tally, and one from Patrik Elias but that wasn’t enough for the Devils to avoid their seventh loss in eight games without top goalie Martin Brodeur.