It took the Bruins just over 30 seconds to get on the board, as David Pastrnak buried a one-timer off of a Brad Marchand feed. 1-0 Bruins.
A weird bounce went the Flyers way, and Joel Farabee was there to capitalize. 1-1 tie.
Sean Couturier gives the Flyers the lead just a few minutes later, tapping the puck into an open net. 2-1 Flyers.
Sean "Selke" Couturier gives the Flyers the lead! pic.twitter.com/kUPwIxFaC7— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) February 22, 2021
Charlie McAvoy would then score what is arguably the Bruins’ most scenic goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2.
From there, the Bruins would roll right over Philly. In the second period, the B’s outshot Flyers 15-3, and outscored them 4-0. Three of those four goals came in just 99 seconds.
The first came off of the stick of Pastrnak, which made it 3-2 Bruins.
Charlie Coyle’s shot went off the post and off of Carter Hart an in the net to make it 4-2 Bruins. Hopefully it’s a goal that can get Coyle going.
Trent Frederic got his first NHL goal on a toss on net to make it 5-2 Bruins.
Nick Ritchie tipped in a John Moore point shot to cap the three-goal outburst and make it 6-2 Bruins.
Nick Ritchie tips home John Moore's shot on the power play. pic.twitter.com/lboWFVpsdE— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 22, 2021
James van Riemsdyk would make things...well, not interesting, but slightly less uninteresting with a PPG in the third to make it 6-3 Bruins.
Pastrnak would cap the scoring and finish the hat trick with under three minutes to go, making it 7-3 Bruins.
And that’s it! The B’s beat Philly again, this time with what looks like a football score after a quarter: 7-3 final.
Unfortunately, getting a hat trick means you sometimes have to miss the post-game dance party.
David Pastrnak: "We were listening to Barbie Girl before you guys asked me to do media. I was kind of dancing with these glasses out in the locker room then you guys ruined it & I had to go answer questions.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 22, 2021
"So I missed the Barbie girl song." pic.twitter.com/OgbiDsbxFx
- I give the NHL a lot of credit for trying something “new” by having an outdoor game at a non-football/baseball stadium, but why not just start the game at 8:30 PM Eastern? The sunlight was brutal at the start of this game, with Tuukka Rask pretty much staring directly into the setting sun. By the time the second period started, it looked great under the lights.
- Jeremy Lauzon left the game early in the first period and didn’t return. The team has only said that he suffered an upper-body injury.
- Carter Hart, who has looked great for Philly early in his career, had a pretty bad night. You can’t fault him for all of the goals, but Philly fans would likely want to see him make a stop on one of the Pastrnak (2nd), Coyle, or Frederic goals. He’s had a nightmare of a time against the Bruins this season.
- Speaking of nightmares, the Flyers now have seven losses this season, and five of them have come against the Bruins.
- The B’s steamrolled the shorthanded Flyers in the latter stages of this game. The Bruins outshot Philly 15-3 in the second period and 12-5 in the third, when you’d have expected to see things go the other way due to score effects. A 27-8 shot total in the latter two periods is...pretty good, if you’re a Bruins fan.
- There were two major firsts tonight: Frederic scoring his first NHL goal, and Urho Vaakanainen recording his first NHL point, a secondary assist on a Pastrnak goal.
- Speaking of Vaakanainen, I thought he looked good tonight. He ended up with the second-most TOI on the team at 23:28, just 31 seconds less than McAvoy. He looked calm and composed, both with and without the puck.
The Bruins will now enjoy a few days off before getting back at it with a game against the Islanders on Thursday.