Commuters skip sixth straight game after a slow start in loss to Bruins – CBS Phil

BOSTON (AP) – David Pasternak scored a hat-trick, Tukka Rusk scored 24 goals on his return from hip surgery as the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Thursday night.

Rask, the highest-scoring goalkeeper in franchise history, made his season debut last summer after recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum. Rask was solid in the net and had plenty of help from his teammates, who restricted Philadelphia to 27 shots as the Bruins won their fourth straight and seventh in eight games.

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Cam Atkinson and Joel Farabi scored for Philadelphia, who finished sixth in a row. Carter Hart finished with 33 saves, keeping the Flyers close despite starting off the list.

Boston fans chant “Tuuuuuuuuuuk!” Greeted with Rask. When he was the last of the Bruins to perform before the national anthem. But he was mostly wasted early on as the Flyers didn’t get a shot on goal for the first nine minutes.

By then the Bruins were already 2–0 on goal from Pasternak, who completed his 11th career hat-trick with a power-play goal in the second period after Philadelphia scored twice.

Rask suffered a shot from Ivan Provorov’s blue line to a harmless wrist at 9:19 of the first period. Rask faced just six shots in the first, none of which were particularly challenging as the Bruins controlled the play and spent most of the period at Philadelphia’s end.

Hart had a very busy night, after scoring 1:51 in the game and again at 5:27 earlier, stopping Pasternak with a pass several times.

Boston went on a 5-on-3 power play late in the second and this time there was no stopping Pasternak, who once hit a slap from the top of the circle over Hart, who had lost his stick moments earlier. . Pasternak’s 16th goal of the season propelled the Bruins 3–2 and sent a flurry of hats coming down the stands for the second night in a row. Brad Marchand, who assisted Pasternak’s second goal, took a hat-trick on Wednesday night in a 5-1 win over Montreal.

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Atkinson pulled Philadelphia 2-1 on an 8:02 power-play goal in the second with the tip of a shot by Provorov from the blue line.

Philadelphia leveled it 2-all with five minutes into the second when Farabee’s pass bounced back from Atkinson to Faraby’s skate, which had thrown Rask out of position and an empty net into which to collect the tying goal. .

Philadelphia had 51 seconds of 5-on-3 power play after a delayed game penalty on Brandon Carlow and a charging call against Charlie Coyle. The only shot Philadelphia got over the net was a slow bouncer that Rask scooped up despite a front tip by James van Rimsdieck.

The Flyers saved Hart more than three minutes in the third, but were unable to obtain another equalizer.

Notes: The Rasks had not played since June 9, when the Bruins were eliminated by the Islanders in the second round of the playoffs. … Philadelphia’s scheduled home game against Carolina on Tuesday was postponed due to COVID-19 issues with the Flyers. The extra few days between games allowed them to bring back some of the more prominent players from COVID-19 protocols and injury. Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux, Provorov, de Travis Sanheim and RW Travis Konecki all returned. … de Tyler Lewington, recalled from Providence of the AHL on an emergency basis on Wednesday, jumped into the first scrum of the game after a hard hit in front of the penalty box late in the first period. Levington was also involved in the game’s first full fight after being challenged by Philadelphia’s Jack McEwen. The two exchanged blows in the Boston area at the start of the second round, reminiscent of the Broad Street Bullies and Big Bad Bruins of the 1970s. … Boston defensemen Derek Forbort and Conor Clifton were in COVID-19 protocol.


Flyers: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday.

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The Bruins: Host the Western Conference-leading Nashville Predators on Saturday afternoon.