LIVE: Philadelphia Flyers Take Flight in Second Period at the Winter Classic

Mark RitterSenior Writer IJanuary 1, 2010

BOSTON - JANUARY 01:  Danny Syvret #26 of the Philadelphia Flyers (C) celebrates his goal in the second period with teammates Braydon Coburn #5 and Jeff Carter #17 during the game against the Boston Bruins during the 2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic at Fenway Park on January 1, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The announced crowd at today’s Winter Classic at Fenway park in Boston was 38,112. Rest assured, outside of the Flyers fans in attendance—which admittedly there are plenty—every Bruin fan in attendance booed when, at 4:42 of the second period, Flyers defenseman Danny Syvret scored.

For Syvret, who has 43 career NHL games behind him, it was the first time he lit the lamp in his young NHL career, a memorable one indeed. A native of Millgrove, Ontario, Syvret took a wrist shot which eluded Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, giving the Flyers the first goal and the lead in the game.

After the goal, applause, followed by chants of “let’s go Flyers”, resonated throughout Fenway, causing many Bruins fans to boo loudly in response.

The games first power play soon followed, when Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara took a tripping penalty at 10:16 of the second period. The Flyers were able to put a lot of pressure on the Bruins for the full two minutes, but were unable to beat the veteran puck stopper.

The Flyers were dominant from the drop of the puck in the second period, backed up by their 12 to six shots on goal advantage.

Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton was not really tested by the Bruins throughout the second period, but he did make a nice save on Mark Recchi with under a minute to go.

The stat pack after the second period looks like this: Jeff carter leads all players with five shots on goal, Chris Pronger leads the Flyers with 14:20 of ice time, while the Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman leads all players with 16:46 of ice time.

Clearly, if the Bruins are to be successful they must hit more. The Flyers out-hit the Bruins by a margin of 14-9 and, by all accounts, were outworked.

The Boston crowd has not had much to cheer about, that said, I am a little weary about the lack of noise as clearly the Flyers have taken them right out of the game...at least for now...

Until next time,

Peace!