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    Quick hits: Flyers even things at 1-1 after 40 on Voracek’s power play goal

    Tim Rosenthal March 7, 2015

    Second period quick hits

    – Bruins opponents lately have been thanking Matt Bartkowski, apparently. The defenseman has taken three penalties in the last five periods, which have all led to the B’s giving up a power play goal. Thursday night Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau made the Black and Gold pay and today it was Jakub Voracek’s 20th of the season that tied the game at 1-1.

    – I don’t know how Zac Rinaldo is getting away with his antics, but the officials are letting things go for the most part. First, he goaded Adam McQuaid into taking an unsportsmanlike penalty in the first period. In the middle 20, he elbowed Loui Eriksson but did not get called prompting Chris Kelly to slam his stick in disgust on the Bruins bench.

    – As good as the line of Ryan Spooner, David Pastrnak and Milan Lucic has been over the past few games, the trio is having a rough go of it this afternoon. They’ve been spending most of their time defending in their own end and have only combined for three shots on goal through the first 40 minutes. They did, however, draw a cross-checking penalty on Ryan White to give the B’s a power play late in the second. They’ll have 34 seconds left on that man advantage to start the third period.

    First period quick hits

    – On Thursday night, the Bruins committed seven penalties against the Calgary Flames and played shorthanded for most of the night. It was refreshing to see them be the aggressors early on as they got on the power play first and made the Flyers pay with Zdeno Chara’s sixth of the year at 7:07. That goal could be changed to Patrice Bergeron, who looked like he tipped in Chara’s shot from the point, but we’ll wait and see.

    – After missing the last four games with an injury, Gregory Campbell returned to the Bruins lineup this afternoon, centering on a line with Max Talbot and Daniel Paille. He’s skated 3:46 in the first and drew a penalty on Ryan White that led to the B’s power play goal.

    – In typical Zac Rinaldo fashion, he tried to respond to Adam McQuaid after the Bruins’ defenseman delivered a solid open ice hit to Jakub Voracek. Rinaldo initiated the contact afterwards and goaded McQuaid who tried to settle the score by dropping the gloves, but he stepped behind one of the referees and drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to give the Flyers their first power play of the afternoon. The B’s killed Philly’s power play with ease.

    – For the first time this season, the Bruins wore their white road uniforms during a home game at TD Garden. The last time the B’s donned white at home came during the lockout shortened season in 2013 in a March contest against the arch-rival Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flyers asked the NHL to don their Winter Classic like jersey’s (from their 2012 game against the New York Rangers).

    – The Bruins will have 1:16 of power play time to start the second. David Pastrnak’s speed drew a tripping call on Mark Streit. Pastrnak, along with fellow linemate Ryan Spooner, enter today’s game riding a three-game point streak.

    – Not that it has to do with anything, but 21 years ago today Cam Neely scored his 50th goal in just his 44th game of the 1993-94 season. His season would be ended a few weeks later by Ken Daneyko of the New Jersey Devils.

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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.


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