Flyers Fight Back To Beat Bruins

They are a desperate hockey team. They played like a desperate hockey team. The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Boston Bruins last night because they played 60 minutes of desperate hockey.

For the first time in the Peter Laviolette era the Flyers beat a quality opponent and outplayed and out skated them for the duration of the contest.

The Flyers have been in a free fall for the past month. Learning a new system, trade rumors, injuries, and own self-doubt, this 3-1 victory over their Winter Classic opponents became a real confidence builder. The Flyers came from behind being down 1-0 after the second period scoring three unanswered goals in the third.

The game didn’t look to promising when the Flyers couldn’t capitalize on a 5-on-3 in the first period where they registered only one shot. However, the Flyers kept pushing and their hard work finall paid off.

Philadelphia played an outstanding third period, the Bruins looked like they underestimated the Flyers and decided to mail it in and the Flyers stepped up to the plate and took a win from them.

“I thought we played a really strong third period,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. “I was really glad to see us respond the way we did in the third period. Terrific period, from start to finish. I thought we skated, and shot and looked for offense and didn’t sit back. It’s what we needed.”

Kimmo Timonen led the way for the Flyers netting two goals and adding an assist on James van Riemsdyk’s game-tying third period goal. Van Riemsdyk hasn’t scored in his past 12 games before redirecting a pass from Arron Asham at 2:48.

Late in the third, Timonen took a snapshot from the point that seemed to shock Bruins’ goalie Tim Thomas as the puck flew over his left shoulder to break the 1-1 tie. Timonen added an empty netter from behind Brian Boucher to break the possible comeback for Boston.

Timonen’s 2-goal night was his first multi-goal game since 2007. Timonen’s empty net goal saved fellow teammate Scott Hartnell who took a undisciplaned penalty very late in the third.

“We’re better than the way we’ve been playing,” Timonen said. “The game in New Jersey wasn’t us. We were embarrassed; they were a way better team than we were and that can’t happen. We came out today and you could feel in warm-ups and the locker room, everyone was ready to go and get a win.”

Goaltender Brian Boucher who has been the only bright point during the past month once again stole the show and kept the Flyers in it. Boucher stopped 26 shots including a few big ones. Especially back-to-back saves on the monster Zdeno Chara that normally should have been a goal.

Notes:

Shockingly the Flyers suffered another significant injury last night. Defensemen Ole-Christian Tollefsen suffered a grade 2 knee sprain and will miss 3-4 weeks per GM Paul Holmgren. Danny Syvret has been reclaimed and will start in his place tonight when the Flyers visit Pittsburgh. Coach Laviolette had all new lines last night most notably captain Mike Richards centering Jeff Carter and Dan Carcillo.

Quotes: CSNPhilly

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