Boston Bruins: Five-Goal Third Period Propels Team Over Philadelphia Flyers, 7-5

Shawn OwensAnalyst IJanuary 14, 2011

Bruins celebrate Steve Kempfer's third period game winning goal.  Bruins beat the Flyers 7-5 on Garden Ice.
Bruins celebrate Steve Kempfer's third period game winning goal. Bruins beat the Flyers 7-5 on Garden Ice.Elsa/Getty Images

What a wild night at the Boston Garden.  The Philadelphia Flyers came into the Garden to take on the determined Boston Bruins in an Eastern Conference matchup. 

The Bruins came away with the 7-5 win in a game that saw the lead change five times and had the Bruins comeback from multiple deficits during the game.

Brad Marchand and Steve Kampfer again proved their worth in the Bruins line up for two young players on the roster.  

“It was a very nerve-racking game,’’ Marchand said. “It was so back and forth. When Kamp got that goal to put us back in the lead with a minute left, it was an unbelievable feeling. We were very jacked up. It’s a great win for us.’’

A great win for sure.  This win builds the Bruins confidence in moving forward in this four game homestand and proving they can play with the top teams in the league. 

Tim Thomas faced 37 shots on net and had an assist on Marc Recchi's third period goal at 38 seconds into the third period.  That goal was the start of the five goal onslaught for the Bruins. 

“That was a roller coaster,’’ said Bruins goalie Tim Thomas. “Sometimes the best-laid plans don’t work out that way. You’ve got to roll with the punches, and we did a good job with that.’’

The Bruins saw seven different players with goals.  Their five goal third period (13 goals in two games) really had the Bruins confident when down going into the third period.

Writers Notes:

Blake Wheeler - was flying around all night and was pretty physical all game.  He had two solid assists in the game.

Gregory Campbell - had another two point game landing a goal and an assist.

Is anyone playing as good at Patrice Bergeron?  Patrice had a goal and an assist in last nights match up and is really showing that he is a top NHL player.

Nathan Horton played well last night.  His intensity and speed really showed up.  Horton landed an assist on Michael Ryders third period goal.

Steve Kampfer again continues to impress.  He scored the winning goal last night on a quick wrist shot from the side boards that beat Flyers goalie Brian Boucher stick side. 

“I saw [Flyer Matt Carle] rimming the puck around the wall,’’ said Kampfer. “I had a jump on the guys, the forward up on the red line, so I just jumped in, I just tried to get a shot on net and I was fortunate enough to beat [Boucher] far-side high.’’

Kampfer also laid a solid hit on Scott Hartnell who was coming down the ice full steam with his head down. 

“I’m not going to lie, I was a little mad that we had the lead at the beginning of the third and we gave it right back,’’ Kampfer said. “Personally, I thought something needed to change and when I saw Hartnell coming down [the ice] with his head down there, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to step up and put a hit on him, and try and get this crowd back in the game.’’

Shawn Thornton continues to show up.  Thornton went a round with Flyers tough guy Jody Shelley.  Although Shelley had Thornton tied up pretty good and landed more shots that Thornton is used to.  You have to give Thornton props for standing in there and doing the job that he relishes.

Marc Savard is improving ever so slowly. Savard saw 18 minutes of ice time last night and recorded one shot on net, had an assist on Zdeno Chara's power play goal and ended up +1 on the score sheet. 

 "I liked the way our guys battled back," said coach Claude Julien. "Even though defensively I thought we might have been a little bit sloppy or not as good as we have been, we still battled hard. We still found a way to score some goals."

The Bruins will need to keep battling as they prepare to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Saturday afternoon re-match at the Garden.