Krejci scores twice, Bruins beat Flyers for 10th straight home win
BOSTON — David Krejci scored twice and the Boston Bruins extended their season-opening home winning streak to 10 games with a 4-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden on Thursday.
The Bruins are one win away from tying the NHL record, which is held by the Florida Panthers (2021-22) and the Chicago Black Hawks (1963-64).
“It’s hard to win a game, but to win that many games — 17 games, 15 wins — that’s crazy,” Krejci said. “Nobody expected it, but we’re holding our own here. We were focusing on the task at hand, and we’ve been doing a pretty good job.”
Pavel Zacha i Nick Foligno each had two assists for Boston (15-2-0), which has won five straight. Linus Ullmark made 22 saves.
“I think our guys were too excited to play,” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said. “Our puck movement was really good, but we were skating out of position offensively and especially defensively. We skated a lot in the middle of the ice, which is unusual for us, which gave Philadelphia, and they took advantage of that. , credit to them, but they looked really good.”
Owen Tippett he scored, and Carter Hart made 28 saves for Philadelphia (7-7-3), which lost its fifth straight (0-4-1).
“We’re still trying to build an identity. We’re not there yet,” Flyers coach John Tortorella said. “I see signs of it in terms of how hard you have to play, the checks, the little things you have to do. But if we had an identity and we’re rock solid, we wouldn’t be losing games.”
Thomas Nosek gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 11:25 of the second period, pounding the puck on a feed behind the net from Foligno, who took Hart out of his crease on a wraparound.
It was Nosek’s second goal in as many games; the forward ended a 65-game scoring drought in a 5-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. Foligno picked up his 299th NHL assist on Nosek’s goal Thursday before picking up his 300th assist later in the game.
“I think that’s what’s great about it [Montgomery’s] system: It’s very fast, but predictable,” Foligno said. “I think it’s tailor-made for a lot of guys in the room, and I think we feel like when we play, we know where guys are supposed to be. You can have this sixth sense, and it’s dangerous.”
Kevin Hayes He had a chance to tie it for Philadelphia right out of the gate at 5:54 of the third, but Ullmark’s save kept the Bruins ahead.
“It doesn’t matter if we’re winning or losing,” Ullmark said. “If you’re doing the right things, you can always come out of games with a good feeling. We’ve been doing the right thing for a long time and we see it’s paying off. You just have to stick with it.”
Jake DeBrusk made it 2-0 at 7:32 with a slap pass To David Pastor in the power play. Tippett made it 2-1 with a power play goal at 9:48 off an ice pass from Hayes.
“When things don’t click, it becomes frustrating,” Tippett said. “You want to be able to build momentum for the team, whether it’s scoring or just creating chances and just changing the momentum of the game. I think when things don’t go your way, you just have to bounce back to be simple. and I think it was just a mindset to put one on the net.”
Krejci made it 3-1 16 seconds later at 10:04. Zacha beat the Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov on a 50-50 puck in the Philadelphia zone, and Krejci scooped it up to score from close range.
“We don’t create enough offense to give things away for free,” Tortorella said. “I mean, ‘Provy’ is trying to play really well for us. It’s just a bad play.”
Krejci scored his second of the game at 16:21 on the power play to make it 4-1.
“It’s getting frustrating,” Flyers said Scott Laughton said “I mean, you lose five in a row, it’s tough. [Boston’s] good team there. … I thought we’d been better, but what are you going to do? You wake up the next morning and you practice, and you get better.”
NOTES: Tortorella coached his 1,400th NHL game. The Boston native became the first US head coach in League history to reach the milestone. … The Bruins became the fifth team in NHL history to win their first 10 home games of a season. The others are the 2021-22 Panthers (11 games), the 1963-64 Black Hawks (11 games), the 2016-17 Montreal Canadiens (10 games) and the 1925-26 Ottawa Senators (10 games). … Ullmark became the third Bruins goaltender to win at least his first eight home games of a season (Gillies Gilbert, 16 games, 1973-74; Ross Brooks, eight games, 1973-74).
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