Rapid Reaction: Bruins 2, Flyers 1 – ESPN (blog)
Chris Kelly scored the winning goal at 18:09 of the third period as the Bruins improved to 38-36-16 in season-opening games.
It wasn’t the best played game for either team, but it was the season opener and Boston found a way to grind out a win.
In losing their second-round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens last spring, the Bruins hit a total of 13 posts. On Wednesday, Boston’s first quality scoring chance came early in the first period, but forward Daniel Paille hit the post after winning a race to the loose puck in the offensive zone.
Boston gained a 1-0 lead when Smith scored a power-play goal at 10:39 of the first period. Bruins defenseman Torey Krug drew a roughing penalty on the Flyers’ Zac Rinaldo at 9:44, and the Boston power play went to work for the first time this season.
The Bruins had the puck deep in the offensive zone when Patrice Bergeron won a puck battle in the corner and moved it to teammate Carl Soderberg, who quickly made a heads-up, cross-crease pass to Smith, who was waiting on the off-post to give the Bruins the early lead.
Philadelphia nearly tied it later in the period when Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton attempted to keep the puck in at the offensive blue line, but it bounced past him as the Flyers created a two-on-one. Philadelphia’s Brayden Schenn took the shot, but …read more