NHL Hockey

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Final 1 2 3 OT SO Tot
Philadelphia 0 2 2 0 0 4
Boston 0 0 4 0 1 5
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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00 BRT, January 21, 2021
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 0

Bruins seek breakthrough against short-handed Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins

  1. The Flyers are 5-1-0 in their last six meetings with the Bruins, with half of those games going beyond regulation. Philadelphia has won back-to-back visits to Boston after going 1-7-2 in its 10 previous visits.
  2. Boston plays its next four games at home, where it ranked second last season with 53 points in the regular season (Philadelphia, 54). The Bruins' .703 points percentage at home since 2016-17 is third best in the NHL (Pittsburgh, .725; Tampa Bay, .711).
  3. At 3-1-0, the Flyers are off to their best four-game start to a season since they opened 3-0-1 in 2011-12. Philadelphia has a league-best 39 points in the regular season since January 18, 2020.
  4. Jakub Voracek's next assist will be the 396th of his career and will move him past Mark Recchi into fifth place on the Flyers' all-time list. Voracek is fourth in the NHL with 16 assists against Boston since 2014-15.
  5. Tuukka Rask is 12-1-3 in his last 16 starts against the Flyers with 1.94 goals-against average, the second-best mark among active goalies with a minimum of 10 games (Jonathan Quick, 1.70).
  6. The Bruins have scored three total goals in their first three games, matching the third-lowest total in franchise history (1 in 1935-36; 2 in 1950-51). With two power-play goals and one short-handed, the Bruins have no even-strength goals through three games for the first time since at least 1933-34.

The Philadelphia Flyers will be searching for their fourth win in five games to open the season when they visit the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

The Flyers hope to build on their positive momentum from a 3-0 shutout of the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday in which backup goaltender Brian Elliott recorded 40 saves in his first start of the season.

It's unclear if Carter Hart or Elliott will start against the Bruins.

Already without center Sean Couturier (ribs), the Flyers lost former first-round center Morgan Frost and defenseman Philippe Myers to injuries against Buffalo. Frost is sidelined indefinitely with a dislocated left shoulder and Myers is considered week-to-week with a fractured rib.

The Flyers showed a good bit of resilience following a 6-1 loss to the Sabres on Monday.

"I think we took a step forward," Philadelphia winger Oskar Lindblom said, "but there are a lot of things we can be better at."

Flyers coach Alain Vigneault noted that Buffalo outshot his club 40-30 on Tuesday and outplayed his team in a number of areas. In this unique season, teams will have to respond quickly during brief, two-game series.

"Overall, this was a game where we had to bounce back and I thought our group showed great character," Vigneault said. "There's no doubt we needed a great pushback, and we got it."

The short-handed Flyers will need to continue their group effort as they head into two difficult games against the Bruins.

"Some other players are going to get the opportunity to step in the lineup," Vigneault said. "A lot of them have been waiting for this opportunity, so if they step in, they've got to be good for us and help us win games."

The Bruins are looking to avoid their third consecutive loss after opening the season with a win.

Their past two games were tough defeats, a 2-1 setback in overtime to the host New Jersey Devils on Saturday and a 1-0 defeat to the host New York Islanders on Monday.

Boston's offense has struggled in all phases with just three goals all season, two on the power play. David Pastrnak's absence following hip surgery has played a large role, but it's not the only reason. Pastrnak tied for the NHL lead with 48 goals last season.

The lack of scoring has put immense pressure on goaltender Tuukka Rask, but he is not overly concerned.

Not yet.

"It's early in the season and I think we're playing really good," Rask said. "If we play that team defense throughout the year, I think we're going to win a lot of games. I know the offense will come. We just have to stick with it and not hang our heads."

Still, the Bruins have yet to notch an even-strength goal, and they went 0-for-3 on the power play Monday. Improvement must be seen across the board, especially on offense.

"We're obviously focused on it," said winger Jake DeBrusk, who has yet to record a point this season. "It's what everyone's talking about. It's one of those things we're very aware of it, but we have confidence in our group. I think we're stacked up front. We know what we need to. It's just a matter of executing.

"Sounds easier than what it is, but we have faith in this room."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 21, 2021

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