BOSTON — There was an aura in the air last night; one of celebration and reflection. As the Bruins raised their 2011 Stanley Cup championship banner up to the rafters, the Flyers had one thing in mind: winning the game.
That's exactly what they did.
The game started out as you would expect, with both teams getting the butterflies out of their systems and battling right out of the gate.
In 9:42 of the first period, it was playoff pest Brad Marchand who drew first blood off of a line-to-line pass from Tyler Seguin. It seemed as if the momentum was turning to the Bruins favor. Ten minutes later, veteran forward and newcomer Jaromir Jagr connected a pass to a streaking Claude Giroux who got the goal. Not even forty-five seconds later it would be another newcomer making noise as well. Jakub Voracek, off of a rebound by Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, would find the back of the net himself.
The Flyers scored two goals in the last minute of the period, something that they weren't able to do at all last season.
In the third period, with the Bruins pressing hard, Bruins forward Nathan Horton looked like he was about to tie the game up when Kimmo Timonen blocked the shot. That would prove pivotal, as it would be what saved the game for the Flyers as the game ended 2-1 in favor of the Orange and Black.
The Flyers take on the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night at 7:00 from the Prudential Center.