The first ten minutes did not exactly demonstrate sound hockey out of the Orange and Black. The Flyers came out somewhat sluggish and the Bruins had all the momentum. The Bruins were able to keep the puck down in the Flyers zone and get shots off (even though all of them were not on net). The ten minute assault the Bruins put on the Flyers was capped off by a Brad Marchand goal to put the Bruins up 1-0. Marchand scored the last goal of the NHL season last year in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals and the first goal of this season.
After the Bruins goal, the Flyers seemed to wake up. The game started to even out over the course of the next nine minutes. With just under a minute to go, Jaromir Jagr found Claude Giroux in the neutral zone. Giroux took the puck, made a very good move to juke Zdeno Chara out of his jock and took the puck in on net and, with another beautiful move, slipped the puck by Tim Thomas as Giroux went tumbling into the net. That tied the game for the Flyers at 1 with just about fifty seconds remaining. The assist was Jagr’s 1,600 career point in the NHL. The Flyers would tally another late goal in the first period. The Flyers were on the rush when, with under three seconds left, Jakub Voracek ripped a wristshot by Bruins goalie Tim Thomas to take a 2-1 lead right before the first intermission.
The next two periods featured complete back and forth action in which both teams registered legitimate goal scoring opportunities. The Flyers ended up walking away with two points and their first win of the year despite some sloppy play. Flyers registered 14 peanlty minutes compared to just ten from the Bruins.
Ilya Bryzgalov played well in his Flyers debut. He had 22 saves on 23 shots. Flyers get back to action on Saturday against the New Jersey Devils in Newark. Game time is set for 7pm.