Flyers rally to top Bruins in OT, extend streak to 6
By Wayne Fish
Jan 31, 2019 | 11:05 PM
The streak lives, but not without some real drama.
Trailing 2-1 with 9:24 to play in the third period, the Flyers tied the score on a power-play goal by Oskar Lindblom, then got a power-play goal by Travis Sanheim with 2:04 left in the overtime for a 3-2 win Thursday night over the Bruins at TD Garden.
The Flyers' winning streak now stands at six.
Columbus lost to Winnipeg, so the Flyers have now cut their playoff spot deficit from 14 points to nine in the past three games.
A statistic worthy of note: The Flyers were 1-20-3 when trailing after two periods prior to this game.
The Flyers dominated the second period, outshooting the Bruins by a 17-7 margin, but still fell behind by a 2-1 score on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the game.
Pastrnak scored at 5:11, tipping a shot out of the air past Carter Hart.
It was Pastrnak who gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the first period. At 3:05, with the Bruins on a power play, Pastrnak buried a shot from the left circle.
The penalty on the Flyers was given to Claude Giroux for hauling down Pastrnak as he drove to the net.
Giroux made up for that by scoring with 43.2 seconds to play. Jake Voracek’s pinpoint lead pass to Giroux sent him in all alone on Tuukka Rask and the Flyers captain made no mistake.
“We weren’t playing our best hockey in that period,’’ Giroux said during the first intermission. “I think we were sitting back a little too much but being able to tie it up 1-1 after the first was huge for us.’’
In the third period, Scott Laughton was awarded a penalty shot after he was pulled down by defenseman John Moore. But Rask easily turn aside Laughton’s forehand wrist shot attempt.
Then the Flyers’ rally began.
First Lindblom re-directed a Voracek shot past Rask to even the count and the Flyers had new life.
“It’s a good road win for us,’’ Sanheim said. “We battled back and stayed in it. We found a way to get one on the power play [in OT].’’
Funny how the power play made the difference, given the Flyers are last in the NHL on the PP at 13 percent.
“Right now we’re looking for answers on the power play,’’ Sanheim said. “Just get confidence, make the right plays. It hasn’t been going in for us and it was good to see two go in tonight.’’
Laughton likes the resilience the Flyers are showing.
“That one felt good,’’ he said. “I thought we worked really hard and we got rewarded. After the second period, the message was, kind of do the same things. Guys are working for each other, blocking shots, battling in the corners. We’re making opportunities for ourselves, not just hoping pucks go the other ways for us.’’
Lindblom has three goals in his last five games after none in his previous 30.
Said Hart: “I think that was the best, full complete game I’ve seen us play.’’
Farabee takes in game
Flyers’ 2018 first-round draft pick Joel Farabee, attending nearby Boston University, was on hand to watch the Flyers and Bruins square off.
Farabee is having a good freshman season with the Terriers, recording eight goals and 20 points in 23 games. In addition, he scored a natural hat trick in a World Juniors Championships game against Kazakhstan in December.
Prior to BU, he had been competing for the U.S. National Under-18 development team.
“It’s nice to get a little change of pace from the national program,’’ Farabee said of his stint with BU. “The season’s been pretty good. I’ve had a lot of fun out there.’’