Fly­ers down Bru­ins in shootout

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Chuck Gorm­ley

Fly­ers de­fense­man Shayne Gostis­be­here scored in the ninth round of a shootout to give Philadelphia a 3-2 vic­tory over the Bos­ton Bru­ins on Tues­day night.

PHILADELPHIA >> Fly­ers de­fense­man Shayne Gostis­be­here scored in the ninth round of a shootout to give Philadelphia a 3-2 vic­tory over the Bos­ton Bru­ins on Tues­day night.

Steve Ma­son made 45 saves through over­time, and de­fense­man Michael Del Zotto and cen­ter Claude Giroux scored in reg­u­la­tion for the Fly­ers, who won their sec­ond straight to im­prove to 11-10-3.

David Kre­jci and Brad Marc­hand had goals for the Bru­ins (12-10-1), who lost for the fourth time in five games. Tuukka Rask turned aside 19 shots and seven of nine at­tempts in the tiebreaker. He also de­nied Jakub Vo­racek’s third-pe­riod penalty shot to keep the score tied but even­tu­ally dropped to 12-4-1.

Both goalies were out­stand­ing in over­time. Ma­son snatched a shot by Kre­jci with about 30 sec­onds re­main­ing, and Rask slid to his right to stop Giroux’s one­timer.

Af­ter fall­ing be­hind 2-0 on first-pe­riod goals by Del Zotto and Giroux, the Bru­ins tied it on third-pe­riod tal­lies by Kre­jci and Marc­hand just 1:18 apart.

Kre­jci spoiled Ma­son’s shutout bid 4:26 into the third when he one-timed a pass from de­fense­man Torey Krug through Ma­son for his third goal of the sea­son and first since Nov. 13.

With the teams skat­ing 4-on-4, Marc­hand found space in the crease and jammed Krug’s re­bound un­der Ma­son for his sev­enth goal of the sea­son, sec­ond on the Bru­ins be­hind David Pas­tr­nak’s 13.

The Fly­ers had a chance to re­gain the lead at the 6:23 mark when Vo­racek was hooked from be­hind by Bru­ins de­fense­man Joe Mor­row and awarded a penalty shot. Rask got his right pad on Vo­racek’s at­tempt to keep the score 2-all.

The Fly­ers also failed to score on a third-pe­riod power play af­ter Marc­hand was called for rough­ing Giroux with 6:36 re­main­ing.

The Bru­ins were held silent on their own power play fol­low­ing a trip­ping penalty to Fly­ers rookie Travis Konecny.

Ranked sec­ond in the NHL in goals and shots, the Fly­ers opened the game with 19 first-pe­riod shots on Rask and scored on two of them when Del Zotto and Giroux net­ted goals 1:32 apart.

Del Zotto’s goal was his sec­ond of the sea­son and came on a rising slap shot from the left point that beat Rask over his right shoul­der with 6:04 re­main­ing in the pe­riod.

Bru­ins for­ward Austin Czarnik was whis­tled for slash­ing just 4 sec­onds af­ter Del Zotto’s goal, and Bos­ton de­fense­man Bran­don Carlo made things worse for the Bru­ins when he broke his stick. The Fly­ers con­nected when Giroux snapped a pass from Vo­racek past Rask for his fifth goal of the sea­son and fourth on the power play.

Giroux’s goal also snapped a nine-game goal drought.

It was the third time in four games the Bru­ins, who rank fourth in the NHL in penalty killing, al­lowed a power-play goal.

The Bru­ins car­ried a 30-15 shot ad­van­tage into the third pe­riod.


Fly­ers goalie Steve Ma­son stops Bos­ton Bru­ins for­ward David Pas­tr­nak in the shootout Tues­day.

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