Flyers 4, Bruins 3 (OT): Flyers survive OT thriller

Updated: April 1, 2018 at 4:25 pm by Nick Borden

Claude Giroux has risen on Easter Sunday.

The captain scored a pair of goals, including a filthy overtime winner, to lead the Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon.

Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist, Nolan Patrick also scored and Petr Mrazek made 36 saves to help the Flyers move within two points of second place in the Metropolitan Division.

First Period

Things got going immediately with some good chances for both teams at both ends. Midway through the first, right after a ridiculous sprawling glove save by Petr Mrazek,

The Flyers Captain opened the scoring on the end of a nifty little passing play by Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny.

The goal marked Claude Giroux’s 94th point of the season, a new career high for the 30-year-old centerman. Not bad for the guy who a lot of people wanted to trade last summer.

Mrazek was the story of the first as most of the chances were created by the Bruins, and the flyers net minder was able to deny all 12 shots he faced.

Second Period

While you were finishing your intermission game of fortnite, Travis Konecny potted his 24th goal of the season. Just 25 seconds into the second period TK made it 2-0 beating 3 Bruins including Selke Trophy candidate Patrice Bergeron to finish off a nasty individual goal.

Mrazek came up big a few more times and the Giroux and Konecny flubbed a huge 2 on 0 opportunity before Noel Acciari brought one back for the Bruins off a Radko Gudas giveaway with just over 5 minutes left to go in the second, 2-1 Flyers.

Third Period

The rookies, Oskar Lindblom and Nolan Patrick got the third period scoring underway just over 5 minutes in when Lindblom sent a sweet sauce to Patrick on the crease who made no mistake tucking it under the bar, 3-1 Flyers.

Just moments later Oskar Lindblom sent the Bruins power play unit back onto the ice with a hook and David Pastrnak was able to bank one in off Andrew MacDonald and bring the Bruins back within a goal.

The Bruins then pulled their goalie with just over a minute and a half in the game and peppered Petr Mrazek before Patrice Bergeron was able to knock home the game tying goal with just 3.8 seconds left in the game.

Overtime

After a long stretch of MacDonald and Filppula overtime minutes, the man of the hour Claude Giroux got a breakaway off a long stretch pass from Jake Voracek, faked a between the legs shot and went backhand bar down to win the Flyers the third available point of the night.

Game Notes

The Flyers were able to survive their way to a valuable 2 points against what is arguably the best team in hockey right now, despite constantly shooting themselves in the foot with stupid mistakes. It wasn’t exactly pretty to watch but 2 points and one step closer to securing a playoff berth is nice sight to see in your basket on Easter Sunday.

Claude Giroux added 2 more goals to bring his point total to 95 on the season (29 G, 66 A) and it has been the year of the captain for the Flyers. After a lot of fans and pundits alike were calling for his ‘C’ and him to be traded away, Giroux has responded with the best season of his career at the age of 30 and has made himself a strong case for the Hart Trophy and the NHL’s MVP.

Petr Mrazek came up huge for the Flyers this game stopping 36 of 39 shots, including a 22 shot second period. In a year that has once again brought inconsistency in between the pipes for the Flyers, having a goalie come out and steal you one like Mrazek did today is invaluable.

The Flyers are back in action Tuesday night as they take on the Islanders in Brooklyn. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.

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