Free-Scoring Philadelphia Flyers Shut-Out By Boston
Goaltender Tim Thomas made 41 saves as the Boston Bruins blanked out the Philadelphia Flyers in a scintillating 3-0 road victory for the East Coast team at the Wells Fargo Center.
Having come from three games behind to record a miraculous comeback victory against the Bruins in the play-offs last season, the Flyers went into the game hoping to turn in a similarly impressive performance on home ice.
However, they reckoned without the gloves and pads of three-star selection leader Thomas, who proved an impenetrable barrier in the Bruins net as goals from Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Sequin gave them a shock 2-0 lead in the first period.
Defensemen Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk helped to further blockade the route to Boston’s goal by making a series of vital stops throughout the game as Philadelphia laboured and Milan Lucic ensured the win with the Bruins’ third in the final minutes.
“It was a fun game because everything went my way and the guys worked hard in front of me and the defensemen were blocking shots,” said a delighted Thomas after the game. “That was a hard worked victory and it feels good to be rewarded like that”.
The defeat for Philadelphia ensured that they dropped to third in the National Hockey League standings behind the Detroit Redwings and current leaders the Washington Capitals. Boston, meanwhile, move up to 15th and sit six points behind the Flyers.