Maybe they didn't play the kids and maybe seeing both Washington and the Islanders clinch a playoff spot elsewhere tonight takes a little bit of the fun away, but with just a few games left in this season, winning is still a pretty damn fun thing, especially when it comes against a really quality team in the Boston Bruins.
Steve Mason was phenomenal tonight (okay, well, aside from on that first goal -- that was weird), making 41 saves on 43 Boston shots in the 5-2 win. The Flyers ran Anton Khudobin out of the building on an early goal from Scott Hartnell, a gorgeous baseball swing goal from Matt Read and then, seven seconds later, a goal from ... uh, Zdeno Chara?
Chara's goal was actually credited to Oliver Lauridsen, his first NHL goal. Funny things were said on the ice about it.
Lauridsen told me that Chara skated by the Flyers bench & told Ollie "You owe me a beer".— David Strehle (@David_Strehle) April 24, 2013
Jake Voracek opened up the lead to 4-1 five minutes into the third and David Krejci tried to keep Boston in it a few minutes later, but Simon Gagne scored 13 seconds later off a feed from Claude Giroux to pretty much solidify the win. It was super fun.
Stats and stuff:Game summary | Event summary
Ice time: Flyers | Bruins | H2H
Shots: Differential | Full report
Shift charts | Zone starts | Faceoffs
A little disappointing that Lavi didn't play the kids more, though. Tye McGinn and Jason Akeson both sat at the forward position while Adam Hall, Ruslan Fedotenko and Jay Rosehill all played. Same goes on defense. Erik Gustafsson and Brandon Manning did play, but Andreas Lilja and Kurtis Foster played too while Matt Konan sat on the bench. Not really sure how to wrap my head around that. They're here and there's nothing to play for. We don't know what they can do at the NHL level. So let them play.
Oh well. It was a fun game -- hopefully not the last fun one of the year -- and one worth savoring a bit over the next two days or so. These games have been rare this year.
Questions with Answers
1. Does Laviolette play the kids? And how do they look? See above. For the most part, he did not play the kids. Lauridsen has enough games now where we know what he looks like mostly -- hey, the goal though! -- Manning wasn't really noticeable from my perspective and Erik Gustafsson was great.
2. The defense is downright scary, regardless of who plays. How's that go? I thought Luke Schenn played a really solid game, which is obviously needed with Kimmo out. Just under 22 minutes. He and Gus really carried things and it uh, worked.
3. How much money is raised for One Fund Boston during tonight's 50/50 raffle at the game? $85,595 raised in total. The charity half of that, $42,797.50, goes to One Fund Boston. The Flyers are also auctioning off the jerseys they wore tonight autographed with Boston Strong ribbon patches on the chest, and you can check that out right here.
4. Jake Scoracek vs. Claude Giroux for the season points total lead. Who's on top at the end of the night? Jake scored his 21st goal tonight, assisted by Claude's 33rd helper. Claude also assisted on Gagne's goal, bringing his point total to 47 on the season. Jake sits at 45.
Comment of the Night
Slow night in the comments tonight with a lot of people over in the Stanley Cup of Chowder game thread, but...
>> Brock, because who knows how many more of those we get