The Flyers’ makeshift defense - Luke Schenn is the only regular D-man left standing from early in the season - contributed to their 5-2 upset of the Boston Bruins on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center.
Schenn, naturally, led the way. He had eight hits, blocked four shots, collected an assist and was plus-3.
His defensive partner didn’t do too badly, either.
Oliver Lauridsen scored his first NHL goal and was plus-3 in 19:05.
OK, Lauridsen’s goal was a gift.
"But I’ll take it,” the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Denmark native said.
In the second period, Lauridesen dumped a puck behind the net, where Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara corralled it and sent it toward goalie Anton Khudobin.
Oops. Khudobin mishandled the puck; it bounced off his stick, through his legs and into the net.
"It took me a few moments before I even realized I was actually going to get the goal,” Lauridsen said. “I kind of just smiled and didn’t make too much of a celebration out of it. I just went and kind of had a little chuckle with the rest of the guys who were on the ice there.”
Years from now, Lauridsen kidded, he may tell his grandkids, “It was a blast from the point that went into the corner. I’ll take it.”
The Flyers’ patchwork defense also included Brandon Manning , Erik Gustafsson (team-high 23:56), Kurtis Foster and Andreas Lilja.
“Most of us have had a couple games to play together and that always helps to build some chemistry with the pairings,” Lauidsen said. “I think everyone has done a pretty good job of keeping it simple and getting it into the forwards’ hands as quick as possible.”
When they made miscues _ Lauridsen, for instance, had three giveaways_ goalie Steve Mason bailed them out by making 39 saves.
In six games with the Flyers, Mason has a 2.08 goals-against average and .935 save percentage.
“His confidence is getting bigger and bigger each game,” said winger Simon Gagne, who scored one of the Flyers’ goals. “…Even if you’re out of the playoffs, you want to get ready for next season and show what you can do as a team, and he’s part of our team and we like what we see from him.”
Breakaways. Claude Giroux had two assists…..Jaromir Jagr on the Flyers: “They're a good enough team here. If they would have a little more patience, this team can win it in two, three years, that's for sure." Jagr was in the hallway joking with his former linemates, Giroux and Scott Hartnell, after the game….Jay Rosehill had five hits in 8:34….The Flyers scored two goals seven seconds apart. The club record is two goals within six seconds. It was done Jan. 19, 1985 in a 4-1 win over Minnesota. Miroslav Dvorak and Illkka Sinasalo scored the goals, both shorthanded…..In a classy gesture, the city of Boston was named the star of the game by the Courier-Post’s Randy Miller.
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