Boston at Philadelphia

Flyers only need one goal in shootout to seal win over Bruins wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Claude Giroux got creative after watching two Philadelphia teammate come up empty in the shootout.

Giroux fooled Boston goalie Tuukka Rask with a backhand-to-forehand move, then Michael Ryder's wrist shot hit the post on Boston' final attempt, giving the Flyers a 4-3 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night.

"We practiced it a couple of times, and I thought I'd try it," Giroux said. "If it didn't work, I would've looked stupid, but it worked."

Playing for only the second time in 12 days because of a scheduling quirk, the well-rested Flyers shook off some rust by the peppering 39 shots at Rask. Philadelphia is 1-1 in shootouts.

Philadelphia (4-2-1) snapped a three-game losing streak after starting the season 3-0 for the first time since 1998-99. Boston dropped to 4-5-0. They have followed each of their wins with a loss this season.

The Bruins, who beat Nashville 3-2 on Wednesday night, are playing without injured stars Marc Savard and Milan Lucic. They were outshot 39-26. Philadelphia's Ray Emery stopped 23 shots.

Matt Hunwick smacked a wrist shot from just inside the blue line, giving Boston a 2-1 lead.

Philadelphia's Darroll Powe answered 1:05 later. Ole-Kristian Tollefsen's shot from the blue line hit the post, and Powe flicked Dan Carcillo's behind-the-net pass past Rask's glove for the tie.

Philadelphia's Aaron Asham's slap shot from the right faceoff circle made it 3-2 with 6:54 left in the second, but Boston left wing Steve Begin knocked in a rebound to tie it.

Chris Pronger's one-timer opened the scoring for the Flyers. Derek Morris' power-play goal late in the first period evened the score.

The Flyers had a chance in the game's closing seconds, but Jeff Carter's short-handed breakaway attempt was stopped.

A quiet five-minute overtime sent the teams into a shootout. Danny Briere's attempt missed wide right and Rask stopped a shot by Mike Richards. For Boston, Ray Emery denied Blake Wheeler and Patrice Bergeron.

Flyers coach John Stevens selected Giroux, and the right wing didn't disappoint. He entered that appearance 0-for-3 in his career.

"I think the kid flourishes in that spotlight there," Stephens said. "We had a shootout practice the other day and he made a similar move. We've used him a few times before, but he's made good moves and not scored. We decided to give him a shot tonight, so I'm glad I did."

Powe knew something was coming.

"It's always fun watching him play," Powe said. "That move he pulled had everyone off their feet. He's a special player and a guy who can do that. I knew he'd do that. Pretty sick."

Rask had little chance.

"He has good hands," he said. "I played against him in the minors. ... I had no idea what he was going to do. He made a good move."


  • Philadelphia Phillies' pinch-hitter Matt Stairs attended the game.
  • Carter played in his 221st straight regular-season game.
  • Tollefsen had his first career two-point game.
  • All four Flyers' home games have been decided by one goal.
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Claude Giroux's goal in the shootout, past Tuukka Rask, is the game winner for the Flyers. (AP)
Claude Giroux's goal in the shootout, past Tuukka Rask, is the game winner for the Flyers. (AP)
Boston (4-4-1)12000 (0)3
Philadelphia  (4-2-1) «12001 (1)4
Three Stars
O. Tollefsen

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
D. Powe

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
D. Morris

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
12:03Chris Pronger (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Carle, van Riemsdyk
17:26Power Play - Derek Morris (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Chara, Sturm
07:36Matt Hunwick (3), Tip-In. Assist: Krejci
08:41Darroll Powe (2), Tip-In. Assist: Carcillo, Tollefsen
13:06Arron Asham (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Tollefsen, Syvret
16:26Steve Begin (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Bitz, Morris
 Claude Giroux (1), GOAL
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16:52Timonen, 2 min, Interference
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Ray Emery 64:5723330
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