Published May 02, 2016
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - David Pastrnak scored the first two goals of his career to lead the Boston Bruins in a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Chris Kelly had the other goal and Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots for the Bruins, who have won their past three.
"Strong goaltending and a pretty good defense today," said Boston head coach Claude Julien. "I thought we played well enough that we deserved to win today and get those two points."
Claude Giroux scored the only goal of the game for the Flyers, who had won their previous two.
Steve Mason started the game in net for Philadelphia, but left seven minutes into the first period with a right leg injury. He stopped all five shots he faced while Ray Emery allowed three goals on 13 shots in relief.
"You just want to play solid when you come in that way," said Emery. "I thought we played a really good defensive game, controlled the puck for extensive periods of time down there and had our chances. That's just the way things go sometimes."
Skating on the power play in the first period, the Bruins took a 1-0 lead on Pastrnak's first career goal.
With Jakub Voracek in the box, Zdeno Chara sent a backhand pass from behind the net to the left circle where Torey Krug got off a one-timer. Emery made the stop, but the rebound sat out front and Pastrnak backhanded it in at 11:23.
The middle stanza passed without a goal, but the Bruins padded their advantage at 4:57 of the third as Pastrnak took a feed in the neutral zone and left a drop pass for David Krejci along the right wing. Charging the net, Pastrnak got the puck back from Krejci for an easy wrister and a 2-0 lead.
Philly was skating on a power play when Boston took a 3-0 lead after Loui Eriksson banked the puck off the boards in his own end to create a 2-on-1. Skating down the left wing, Eriksson sent the puck to the other side where Kelly beat Emery high to the short-side for his fifth of the season at 9:51.
The Flyers were again on the power play when they finally broke through as Giroux's wrister from the left circle hit off the stick of a Bruin and went past Rask with Wayne Simmonds providing a screen in front and 5:47 showing.
Philadelphia pulled Emery with two minutes to play for an extra skater, but was unable to cut into the deficit.
The Flyers said during the game that Mason will be further evaluated on Sunday ... Philadelphia hosts Tampa Bay on Monday ... Boston hosts Tampa Bay on Tuesday ... The Bruins have won five straight against the Flyers ... Pastrnak was the 25th overall pick of the 2014 draft and was appearing in his seventh game.