Under the bright Nevada sun, the Bruins played face to the Flyers at Lake Tahoe. Coming into the game, the Bruins were 4-0 against Philly on the season, and were searching for another. Another action packed game was guaranteed to follow.
In the first, it didn’t take long for Pastrnak to hit the score sheet. Bergeron’s defensive work rate allowed Marchand to break out a 2 on 1. The centered pass for Pastrnak was an easy one to finish.
Just six minutes later, Sean Couturier lobbed in a dump which caromed off the boards in a beneficial angle for the Flyers. Joel Farabee tapped home the easy finish right in front of the net following the perfect bounce.
The Flyers would then capture their first lead on the night following a shattered stick for Charlie McAvoy. Philly found their lead through a Couturier wrister with a wide open net after Rask was moved out of position. The Bruins would tie the game in the final five minutes of the first on a McAvoy slapshot that slipped under the arm of Hart. That would put the game at 2-2.
Just one minute into the second period, Pastrnak had done it again. Sniping it top right over the shoulder of Hart, the puck slammed off the underside of the crossbar and in to take the lead.
It wouldn’t stop there, as the B’s would score 3 goals in 100 seconds. Coyle put the first one past Hart at the near post. While Frederic laced home a snipe into the top right for his first NHL goal. The final goal of the period came through a power play tip by Nick Ritchie, closing out the second at 6-2.
Brian Elliott would take over goalkeeping duties for Philadelphia in the third, but not much changed. The Bruins continued to throw shots on net throughout the third period, retaining a 6-2 lead. Just 7 seconds into a late power play, James Van Riemsdyk found his tip in the back of the net via a strange deflection. David Pastrnak then found the final puzzle piece to his hat trick on a one timer late in the game. They were able to hold onto the 7-3 win. Boston improves to 5-0-0 against the Flyers this season.
Although the Flyers didn’t have some of their top players due to COVID-19, this was still a great win for the Bruins. They will have the next three days off, before going back to New York to face the Islanders on Thursday, as well the Rangers the following day. Boston sits at the top of the East division with 24 points.