The Boston Bruins escaped Broad Street with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. In triumph, the Bruins earned a club record ninth straight road victory. They’ve now won 15 of their last 16 games. Boston is well on the way to winning the Eastern Conference with seven games remaining in the season.
Boston fought through a brutal March schedule, playing 17 games in 30 days. They posted a 15-1-1 record in those games.
Tuukka Rask‘s staggering save total of 49 propelled the Bruins to victory in what was a gritty, hard-nosed, physical battle. It took overtime and ultimately a shootout for these playoff bound foes to settle things.
Rask has now won five of his last six starts. The win Sunday was number 100 of his career.
Vincent Lecavalier scored the games opening goal for the Flyers. On the goal, Lecavalier reached a milestone, as it marked his 400th career tally. He also added a third period goal that forced overtime. Lecavalier had nine shots on goal.
Andrej Meszaros, playing in his first game opposite the Flyers since being traded to Boston at the deadline, tied the game in the first period with a goal of his own.
Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara also scored for the Bruins, both of which came in the second period. Bergeron’s tally marks seven consecutive games in which he’s scored a goal. He now has 27 goals on the year and could realistically surpass his career-high total of 31 goals.
The Flyers pushed the pace of play for much of the game. They outshot the black-and-gold, 52-30.
In overtime, neither side could find twine. Steve Mason played well for the Flyers. Mason stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced. Philadelphia outshot Boston in extra time, 5-1.
In defeat, the Flyers did earn one point. In doing so they moved into a tie for second place in the Metropolitan Division with the New York Rangers.
The Bruins now sport an 11-point cushion on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference standings. They lead the St. Louis Blues by three points in the race for the President’s Trophy.
Boston will next play on Wednesday in Detroit.