Travis Sanheim beat Bruins goaltender Daniel Vladar to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 overtime win over Boston on Monday at TD Garden. Left alone in front of Vladar after Patrice Bergeron lost his edge and tumbled to the ice, Sannheim fired a wrist shot far-side to give the fifth-place Flyers a much-needed extra point on the Bruins in the East division standings.
The Flyers’ other Travis, Konecny, opened the scoring in the first period. The goal started when the Bruins’ forwards all watched the Flyers’ Ivan Provorov as he fired the puck deep from the blue line. Meanwhile, Jakub Zboril and Steven Kampfer had no help on the back end against the Flyers’ forward group of Konecny, Claude Giroux, and Jakub Voracek. Zboril went to cover Voracek but vacated the far side, where Konecny glided into the slot unimpeded and buried the golden rebound.
Boston was able to get to the first intermission tied 1-1 with a late equalizer by winger Karson Kuhlman. Charlie Coyle got the play going the other way when he picked off an errant Flyers breakout attempt, then found a wide-open Kuhlman with every Flyer on the ice watching the puck. Kuhlman hesitated for a second before ripping it short-side over the shoulder of Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott.
Kuhlman’s goal came in the aftermath of roster shuffling by head coach Bruce Cassidy, who moved Zach Senyshyn down to the fourth line. Senyshyn played just one shift for 23 seconds in the second period after his demotion. It was during that second period that the Bruins took their only lead of the game. Bergeron dominated as the power play bumper, winning the faceoff and getting open in the slot as David Pastrnak fed him for the redirect. Bergeron has scored a point in four straight games after Monday.
The teams then went over 20 minutes of game time without a goal, until Sean Couturrier tied it up on the power play as he fired a point shot over the glove hand of Bruins goaltender Daniel Vladar. Jeremy Lauzon’s second holding penalty of the game led to the Flyers’ man advantage that set up the score.
Vladar made 26 saves in regulation, making a couple of timely stops during a second-period penalty kill and another key save to keep the Bruins alive in overtime. He falls to 2-1-1 in four starts so far this season in the absence of both Tuukka Rask (upper-body) and Jaroslav Halak (COVID-19 protocol).
The Bruins and Flyers will complete a back-to-back in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Keep scrolling for photos from the game.
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