Connolly’s Late Game Heroics Lead Bruins Past Flyers

By:Mike Grinnell

Brett Connolly was the unsung hero Monday night, as the Bruins skated to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers after Connolly’s goal in the final minutes.

The Bruins (26-17-5) headed into the final two minutes, tied at 2 with the Flyers. With 1:54 remaining, Brett Connolly, the player who was scratched the game prior, tipped a Zdeno Chara shot past Michal Neuvirth, to give the Bruins the 3-2 lead, in which they would hold on to for the win.

Connolly has scored 3 goals in his previous 36 games and was a healthy scratch against Columbus on Saturday night.

“Not only did he score the winning goal, I thought he was having a great game,” Coach Claude Julien told reporters after the game. “Even the last game [Jan. 21 against the Vancouver Canucks], he wasn’t a bad player and he did a lot of good things.”

The Flyers (20-18-8) got all their offense in one fashion, from Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds, scored with 12:08 remaining in the 3rd period, to tie the game at 2. The Bruins killer also added a power play goal early in the 2nd period. While Michal Neuvirth made 28 saves, in the Flyers 3rd straight loss.

Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron both added power play goals for the B’s. Bergeron, leading off the scoring, banging home his own rebound after a Radko Gudas blocked shot and Marchand scoring on a cross-ice pass from Chara, dropping to one knee and putting it upstairs, on a one-timer.

Tuukka Rask made 36 saves after getting the start after sitting out against Columbus on Saturday night due to an upper body injury. Rask has won 3 of his last 4 starts posting a .934 save percentage.

The Bruins will face off against the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday at the TD Garden, puck drop scheduled for 7:00 PM.

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

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