The opportunistic Boston Bruins raided an otherwise rigid rampart during its brief, uncharacteristic letdown Saturday afternoon, bagging three goals in a span of 2:18 en route to a 3-0 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Outside of a 13-shot second period and four registered power-play stabs in the third, the visiting Flyers did not percolate much on offense. They were, however, overwhelming on the other side of the puck, with 41 hits and 25 blocked shots, as opposed to 31 hits and 18 blocks by Boston.
It wasn’t until 10:50 of the opening frame that the Bruins chalked up their first shot on goal, courtesy of Daniel Paille. They finished the day with 28.
But beginning with the Bruins’ first man advantage in the 12th minute of action, there was a time when pucks and puck carriers were consistently permitted to pester and singe Philadelphia goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
With a five-on-four tally by Tyler Seguin and two even-strength strikes via Chris Kelly and Paille, the hosts buried three consecutive attempted shots. That stretch saw no saves by the netminder, no blocks by the orange-and-black-clad praetorian guards, nothing wide and only two hits endured in between.
That would be the topmost difference in the game, but not without the aid of other important aspects of Saturday’s performance that came within the 45 minutes and 49 seconds after Paille’s goal. Three of those are reviewed as follows.