Bruins ride fast start to 6-0 win over Flyers

The Bruins got started right away with a goal in the first

minute and cruised to an easy win after burying the Flyers with a

flurry of early goals.

Benoit Pouliot, Daniel Paille, Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic

scored in the first period to help Boston beat Philadelphia 6-0

Saturday, snapping the Flyers’ seven-game winning streak.

”We were obviously ready for this game and it showed-start to

finish, Boston coach Claude Julien said. ”This was probably just a

tough night on their part. We got the early goal and it just seemed

to snowball from there and eventually it becomes frustration. We

know how good they are. We played well, and they had a tough


The Bruins, who have won four straight tied Philadelphia atop

the NHL’s Eastern Conference with 43 points apiece. Nathan Horton

and Tyler Seguin added late goals to finish the scoring for Boston,

which now leads the NHL with 21 victories.

The Bruins’ first two goals came so quickly, Flyers coach Peter

Laviolette called timeout after Paille’s goal 2:50 into the game.

That came on the heels of Pouliot’s, which was 27 seconds after the

opening faceoff.

”There were things that happened in the first eight minutes (of

the game) that suggested that we were off,” Laviolette said. ”We

weren’t as sharp as we had been, whether it was line changes or

coverage, assignments, whether it might be against a team that was

here waiting, eyeballing us. They were sharper in those areas. It

was a tough day for us, not typical of the way we were playing or


Whatever benefits the timeout had, they were short-lived. Zdeno

Chara blasted a shot through Ilya Bryzgalov’s legs about five

minutes later, on a power play set up when Philadelphia was called

for too many men on the ice.

As if that weren’t enough, Lucic scored on a two-man advantage

with 2:50 left in the period.

With 48.7 seconds left in the first period, things got tense

when Flyers’ rookie Sean Couturier was hit behind his left ear off

a shot by teammate Kimmo Timonen. After being down for several

minutes, Couturier needed help to leave the ice and did not return

to the game due to a head injury. The Flyers have already lost

veteran defenseman Chris Pronger for the season with a concussion

and star winger Claude Giroux is out indefinitely with a


Couturier was taken to University of Pennsylvania Hospital for

observations and will not travel with the Flyers during their trip

to Colorado.

”We still don’t know,” Flyers’ general manager Paul Holmgren

said. ”Fortunately, it hit him in the helmet. But we thought it

was best to send him to the hospital and get him checked. The

little testing they do, he did really well . whatever they do. I

think that’s more checking for any damage to his skull and taking a

look to see if there’s any internal damage.”

When Horton tipped home another rebound 7:06 into the second

period, Laviolette yanked Bryzgalov in favor of Sergei Bobrovsky.

Bryzgalov had surrendered five goals on 20 shots. In building a 5-0

lead, the Bruins were 3-for-5 on the power play.

Boston goalie Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots.

”We had a well-rounded game today and we started well, which

put the momentum back in our favor,” Thomas said. ”We were up 4-0

and I knew the game was in our hands. How the rest of the game

would go, if got over confident or lazy and let them back in the

game, that’s something we talked about a little bit in between

periods. Our goal was not to get lazy. We were happy to take that

early lead. We didn’t plan it, but the important thing is how we

reacted to it. We kept playing hard.”

NOTES: The loss was the Flyers’ most lopsided shutout loss at

home since a 6-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Jan. 28, 2006 and worst loss

since 7-0 defeat at the New York Rangers on March 6, 2011. … It

was the first time the Flyers were shut out at home this season.

Philadelphia won’t return home again until Jan. 3, when they play

the New York Rangers at Citizens Bank Park in the Winter Classic.

… Boston evened the season series with Philadelphia at 1-1 after

the Bruins lost their opener 2-1 to the Flyers. … During Boston’s

current 8-2 run, the Bruins have outscored their opponents 37-16,

including three shutouts.