What we learned: Bruins steal a point away from Flyers
Meeting for the final time in 2016-17 and two important playoff points on the line, the Bruins stole a point away from the Flyers, maybe even two.
Tied 1-1 with just seconds left in regulation, Drew Stafford’s wide angle shot deflected off the stick of Brandon Manning and into the Flyers’ net as it appeared overtime was a sure thing.
Instead, the Bruins head out to Western Canada with two more big points, and the Flyers leave Boston with nothing.
Here is what we learned the Bruins’ 2-1 victory on Saturday.
Matt Beleskey reintroduces himself:
With injuries to Ryan Spooner and Tim Schaller, Beleskey was back in the Bruins lineup Saturday afternoon for just the second time in the Bruins’ last five games. To make sure he hasn’t been forgotten by Bruins fans, Beleskey came out with a big hit and spirited fight all within the games first three minutes.
“Yeah it’s good to play, that’s what I want to do and help the team,” Beleskey said following the win. “So to be able to come out, get a big hit and kind of get something going is what I was looking for.”
Stafford continues to shine:
Watch the full version of Stafford’s GWG: pic.twitter.com/if8398SYfc
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 11, 2017
It’s safe to say that general manager Don Sweeney made the right decision when he traded for Stafford from the Winnipeg Jets. With Saturday’s game-winning tally, Stafford now has two goals and two assists in four games since the trade. Stafford now has goals in his last two contests.
“I think just trying to create some space for myself instead of just throwing it in earlier. You can have a little bit more time so you can get a little bit more bodies to the net,” Stafford said. “If you’re skating across the blue line and you throw it on net or behind, you don’t really have anybody going. So, just kind of waiting for the drivers to pull up and I knew I had a few seconds left at least. Other than that, an extremely lucky break I guess, but we’ll take it.”
Tuukka Rask dominates Flyers…again
There are certain teams Tuukka Rask has always had success against, the Philadelphia Flyers are one those. Rask in his career is now 12-2-3 against the Flyers with a 2.10 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. Rask has one career shutout of the Flyers.
With a solid 26-save performance, Rask kept the Bruins afloat with some key stops before the Bruins found their legs in the third period.
Matinee games benefiting Bruins
In recent years. matinee games have not been all too kind to the Boston Bruins. That has appeared to change as the Bruins are now 8-1 in afternoon games this season. Averaging 3.1 goals per matinee game while allowing an average of 1.9, the Bruins are certainly enjoying early start times.
The Bruins have three more matinee games this season, with two of those on home ice at TD Garden.