It’s kind of tough to know what to expect from the Bruins and Flyers at this point in the season. In some ways, you can say the same about tonight’s game.
At first, it looked like injuries and some strong Bruins special teams work would make the difference. Steve Mason stood as a possible goat at that time.
Claude Giroux also seemed to be on the verge of “what’s wrong with Giroux?” headlines … and then both narratives dissolved in dramatic ways.
The pivotal moment came when Mason made an absolutely outstanding save on a near-goal that required review.
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Instead of going down 5-2, the Flyers remained two goals behind. Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux scored two tallies that probably really burned the Bruins – one a Boston blunder, the other a tally Tuukka Rask might want back – and the contest went to overtime.
From there, Giroux absolutely rocketed a shot home for the 5-4 overtime victory.
A lot can change between today and October, especially when you consider how injuries have already started to pile up for both teams.
If both squads continue down their current paths, this rivalry could very well culminate in a playoff bubble battle.
For now, it’s another example of the Flyers’ surprisingly scrappy work and the Bruins’ need to do a little more work of their own.