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Flyers thump Bruins to open round-robin with victory

AP

The Philadelphia Flyers needed some time to get going against the Boston Bruins, but ultimately found their groove for a win in the Eastern Conference round robin opener.

Michael Raffl, Nate Thompson, and Philippe Myers all scored second period goals in a 4-1 victory over the current Presidents Trophy winners. Scott Laughton added a goal of his own in the third period while Carter Hart also impressed in his first playoff action, making 33 saves for the Orange and Black.

Both goaltenders were kept busy in the first period, which eventually got better as it went on. Claude Giroux came closest to breaking the deadlock, hitting the post on a power-play attempt. Hart made a handful of first period saves, with his best coming against Anders Bjork from point-blank range.

The Flyers continued to pressure Jaroslav Halak after the first intermission and got the breakthrough thanks to an impressive backhand finish from Michael Raffl. Travis Sanheim powered into the Bruins zone before hitting Raffl with a pass down low. Raffl lifted a backhand attempt into the top right corner for a 1-0 Flyers lead.

Alain Vigneault’s fourth line continued to shine later in the period with Nate Thompson getting on the scoresheet. Ivan Provorov’s pressure in the offensive zone, eventually allowed Thompson to get in on the action with a wicked wrist shot past Halak.

Chris Wagner pulled a goal back for Boston with 1:09 remaining in the period, but the Flyers answered right back through defender Philippe Myers. Off the ensuing face-off, Myers picked up a loose puck and drove into the Bruins zone before ripping a wrist shot into the top-left corner.

Scott Laughton piled it on for the Flyers in the third period with a good goal of his own. The winger skated down ice on a two-on-one opportunity before beating Halak with a wrist shot finish into the top corner.

It was a dominant performance from the Flyers who earned their fourth overall win this season against the Bruins in the process. The only negative on the afternoon was the early exit for Raffl who left with an apparent leg injury after sliding into the boards.

The Flyers next face the Washington Capitals on Thursday in Toronto while Boston takes on Atlantic Division rivals Tampa Bay on Wednesday.


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