By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
After three straight games of erasing multi-goal deficits, the Bruins needed just 27 seconds to take a 1-0 deficit and turn it into a 2-1 lead and eventual victory over the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.
Deadlocked in a scoreless draw through the first 40 minutes of action, the B’s found themselves down one just 27 seconds into the third period after James van Riemsdyk power-play deflection through Tuukka Rask.
But the Bruins’ third straight comeback victory got its spark off the stick of (who else but) David Pastrnak at the 12:01 mark of the third period, and with Brad Marchand’s stick on the ice to shovel the look into the Philly net.
Then came a Sean Kuraly rip through a whiffing Brian Elliott just 27 seconds later, good for Kuraly’s second goal of the season (and his second game-winning goal of the campaign) and the lead was the B’s.
Sean Kuraly with a laser.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 6, 2021
Bruins score twice in 27 seconds and take a 2-1 lead. pic.twitter.com/GYT4tYkLqD
The night wasn’t complete without a late-game kill from the B’s shorthanded unit, however, with Craig Smith whistled for a trip with 3:57 left in regulation. And while the Flyers had their looks, they were unable to beat Rask during the two-minute kill, and Rask finished with 23 saves for his fifth win of the season.
Rask was strong throughout, and though his late-game performance with the Bruins down a man (first during that 5-on-4 kill and then again during a 6-on-5 sequence), the 33-year-old netminder set the tone in the second period with a penalty-shot save against the Flyers’ Joel Farabee.
Rask stops Farabee on the penalty shot. pic.twitter.com/KyLSvuOZrm— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) February 6, 2021
Elliott, who was a late fill-in starter after Carter Hart suffered an injury in the morning skate and was unavailable for tonight’s contest, made 21 saves in the loss.
With the victory, the Bruins concluded their four-game road trip with seven of a possible eight points, and with third-period comebacks in all four road swings. Considering that all four games came against the two teams above the Bruins in the standings when the trip began, you’ll take that every single time.
And with the Bruins’ two-game set against Buffalo postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Sabres’ room, the Bruins will have an extended break before getting back to work Wednesday night in New York.