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BSJ Game Report: Bruins 7, Flyers 3 – Pastrnak’s hat trick paces B’s in blowout win over Flyers at Lake Tahoe

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 7-3 win over the Flyers in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

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Indoors, outdoors — it doesn't seem to matter when the Bruins play the Flyers this season, as the B's shellacked Philly in a convincing 7-3 victory on Sunday evening in the NHL's Outdoors at Lake Tahoe event at Edgewood Tahoe Resort in Stateline, Nevada.

Stuck in a 2-2 deadlock after the first 20 minutes of play, the Bruins put the Flyers on the ropes for good in a dominant second period, outshooting Philly, 15-3, and scoring four unanswered goals against Carter Hart – including a three-goal salvo in the span of just 99 seconds — before chasing him from the contest.

David Pastrnak led the way for Boston in the outdoor showcase with a hat trick — his second in three games against the Flyers this season — while 12 different Bruins recorded at least a point in the victory. Tuukka Rask turned aside 16 of the 19 shots that came his way to record his seventh win of the season.

As expected, the conditions were rather rough to open the contest, with the setting sun creating some rough glare out on the sheet in the first period. Still, that didn't stop the Bruins from opening the scoring just 34 seconds in — with Pastrnak commencing his scoring outburst by firing the biscuit into a largely uncovered Philly net on his first shift of the evening.

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Joel Farabee and Sean Couturier tallied goals at 6:41 and 14:48 to give Philly its first — and only — lead of the evening, but Boston secured the equalizer off of a blast from Charlie McAvoy to knot things up entering the first intermission.

Not only did the setting sun create some incredible visuals in the middle period, the improving conditions allowed Boston to firmly tilt the ice in its favor for good, with Pastrnak rifling a puck past Hart just 46 seconds into the second to make it a 3-2 game.

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Things went downhill for Hart and the Flyers as the period progressed, with Charlie Coyle lighting the lamp for the first time since Jan. 23, giving the Bruins a lead it would not relinquish at 16:14 in the second. Just 33 seconds later, Trent Frederic's strong play all season was finally rewarded with his first career NHL goal, with the checking forward snapping one past Hart to make it a 5-2 game. Boston completed its second-period barrage on the power play just 1:06 later — as Nick Ritchie tipped a John Moore shot past Hart to build Boston's lead to four and prompt Alain Vigneault to swap Hart for backup goalie Brian Elliott in the third.

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James van Riemsdyk cut Philly's deficit to three off of a bouncing goal at 12:45 in the final period of regulation, but Pastrnak capped off the scoring — and secured his 10th career hat trick — with a missile off a slick pass from Jack Studnicka with 2:56 left on the clock.

With the win, the Bruins now improve to 5-0-0 against the Flyers this season. The last time Boston won 5+ games against Philly in a single campaign was back in 1971-72, with the B's going 6-0 against the Broad Street Bullies.

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