STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — After going thru the handshake line following a lopsided snatch, the Boston Bruins all gathered at center ice for one ultimate group picture.
It in point of fact became as soon as a picture-top day for the Bruins at Lake Tahoe.
David Pastrnak had three goals and Boston took control by scoring three instances in a span of 1: 39 for the duration of the second period to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3 on Sunday in a scenic outside recreation.
“It became as soon as attractive,” Pastrnak said. “I contemplate personally taking part in in each prerequisites, the solar and the sad became as soon as great. The sad is attractive, too. You catch to play initiate air. Overall it became as soon as an very fair appropriate abilities.”
After a lengthen-filled opening recreation of the weekend between Colorado and Vegas because of the vivid solar that made for uncomfortable ice prerequisites, the game Sunday went off with fewer hitches. The Bruins’ excessive stage of play matched the picturesque surroundings with the lake and snow-coated mountains within the background.
Pastrnak scored within the hole minute of the first two sessions after which again late within the third to give him his second hat trick in three video games against the Flyers this season. Charlie Coyle, Trent Frederic and Gash Ritchie scored in succession late within the second to give Boston 5 wins in 5 video games this year against Philadelphia.
Charlie McAvoy moreover scored and Tuukka Rask made 16 saves for Boston.
“Hats off to the NHL and everyone who made this happen. It became as soon as in point of fact particular,” said defenseman John Moore, who had two assists. “I’ve conducted in some outside events and this one blows those out of the water.”
Joel Farabee, Sean Couturier and James van Riemsdyk scored for the short-handed Flyers, who absorb six avid gamers on the COVID-19 checklist. Carter Hart allowed six goals on 23 pictures within the first two sessions and has now given up 20 goals in four losses to Boston this season.
With the intense solar out again Sunday, the NHL moved the game time to 4: 30 p.m. PST to e book certain of the concerns that resulted in a lengthen of greater than eight hours on Saturday between the first and second sessions.
The originate of this recreation became as soon as delayed about 20 extra minutes because there became as soon as some glare on the ice from the solar, and avid gamers said it became as soon as laborious to verify within the first period.
“It wasn’t easy, obviously. The hardest phase became as soon as seemingly the first along with your entire solar,” Couturier said. “Being blinded by the solar in some locations, it became as soon as catch of unhealthy assuredly. However it became as soon as the same thing for each groups.”
However the ice became as soon as in simply shape and the scenic surroundings that brought the NHL to the shores of Lake Tahoe to host video games on a makeshift rink on a golf course became as soon as in beefy bloom. The solar began surroundings late within the first period over the Sierra Nevada for a breathtaking scene.
There were loads of goals as neatly, beginning with Pastrnak’s 34 seconds into the game.
The Flyers spoke back with two goals and took the lead when Couturier came out of the penalty field and took advantage of McAvoy’s broken stick.
McAvoy atoned when his slap shot tied the game less than a minute later.
The game then bought out of hand within the second beginning with Pastrnak’s purpose 46 seconds into the period.
“In the second period, a pair of shifts bought some distance from us,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. “Such a solid group, they capitalize on alternatives from originate to construct.”
The Bruins came to the rink wearing sparkling 1990s ski attire on an conception from captain Patrice Bergeron. Pastrnak had his ski sun shades on for his postgame interview that he said interrupted a dressing room dance celebration.
The Flyers and Bruins didn’t catch their first likelihood to skate on the ice till pregame warmups after Saturday’s practice became as soon as moved indoors and no morning skate became as soon as allowed in expose to defend the ice. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said his group went thru the same thing at the 2019 Cool weather Fundamental at Notre Dame Stadium because of the rain.
“You roll with it,” he said. “There’s no loads of scheme to lift out it.”
Cassidy loved seeing your entire kayakers and boats on the lake Saturday making an attempt for a explore of the ice or hoping for a keepsake. There were significant extra on Sunday, at the side of some waving Flyers flags and others with Bruins paraphernalia. Cassidy said it reminded him of the baseball park in San Francisco the place fans gather on boats in McCovey Cove hoping for dwelling flee balls.
“I don’t know if any pucks made it obtainable or now now not the day past, but simply for them,” he said. “They’re within the spirit of it. That’s what you need.”
BY THE NUMBERS
Van Riemsdyk conducted in his file seventh outside recreation. He has two assists and the purpose to gave him six features in those video games.
Bergeron assisted on Pastrnak’s first purpose, giving him 888 profession features. That ties Hall of Famer Bobby Orr for the fifth-most in Bruins historical past.
Flyers: Host the Contemporary York Rangers on Wednesday.
Bruins: Plod to the Contemporary York Islanders on Thursday.
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