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WATCH LIVE: Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers

Mar 30, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers may be the hottest teams in the NHL right now. They’re also teams that don’t exactly play nicely with each other.

The Bruins have won 14 of the past 15 games and have already won the Atlantic Division title securing a spot as one of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. They may be the most complete team in the East as well with top-flight players like Tuukka Rask in goal, Zdeno Chara on defense, and Jarome Iginla and Patrice Bergeron up front.

Bergeron especially is dangerous because he’s scoring goals (26 this season) and more than capable of shutting down the opponents top scorers.


Doing that against the Flyers means shutting down Claude Giroux. The Flyers captain has 21 points in 13 games during March and has thrust himself into the discussion for league MVP. Philly has won nine of the past 13 games and has seen the offense carrying the load for them thanks to Giroux and Wayne Simmonds.

Could this be a playoff preview? If it is, that means they’d likely have to face off in the Eastern Conference Final to make it happen.

  1. thesportsjudge - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Gee, can you tell NBC is owned(51%) by Commie-cast? Watching the pre-game intro and NBC show a graphic of the standings. Up top(left) is Metro division with Pittsburgh in first, NYR second, finally Phil in third….all good. Bottom half is Atlantic division with Boston leading. Right side of screen is wild card situation. How come the team with the most points, in the division that comes alphabetically first, is not listed at the top? I know, it is COMPLETELY stupid on my behalf but, it is just something I do not understand. I guess my point is Boston has more points, and the team and division would be listed before Pitt/Metro according to the alphabet. Personally, I think that regardless standings should be show by points.

    • sumkat - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      Because neither of the 2/3 teams in that division are playing, and have no bearing on this game whatsoever?

      Nah, must be another reason, like they wanted you to be butt hurt

      • thesportsjudge - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        Butthurt….lol….I remember being 11.

    • aponmondol3 - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:47 PM


  2. thesportsjudge - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    First period almost in the books. Great game so far(sorry, NBC is the only time I can watch hockey at home.)

    Boy, if I were a GM, I would definitely take Simmonds, Hall, and Rinaldo on my team. ZR has cleaned his game up a lot, and is a tenacious forechecker. His hard hit on Iginla was clean. Simmonds is just overall a very under rated star.

    Lastly, I originally did not like the hiring of Berube, but it seems to be working so far.

  3. sportsfaninyyc - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Good scrap in the 1st, hopefully more of that…

  4. sumkat - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Refs are doing everything they can to keep Boston in this game
    That PP was a joke. If that is “hooking”, Boston should not of had 5 guys on the ice at any point this game. Joke officials, as always, cheating the Flyers

    • sumkat - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Another COMPLETE joke hooking against the Flyers, in this case Hartnell

      NHL fans, what’s it like to have by far the worst officiating in any “major” sport?

      Boston fans, what’s it like to see your team dominated and need help from the refs?

      • sumkat - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Followed by a phantom off-sides

      • sumkat - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        Flyers gets punched in the back of the head….no call

        a shame such a good sport is ruined by such a poor league

      • sumkat - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        Voracek literally choked with a stick….no call again

      • bsfan77 - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        Hey Sumcat, with the amount of crying you do I thought you were a Pitt fan. You cry worse than Crosby! Bergeron=beast. Best north south player in the leauge.

      • dropthepuckeh - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        Sumpuss. It’s hockey. You should watch a few more games a year then just the NBC Sunday afternoon.

        Nobody is getting dominated in this game so not sure what you are watching. Good effort on both sides and getting a little nasty as expected. The calls have gone both ways, I wouldn’t be surprised if they put away the whistles in the 3rd.

      • drewsylvania - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        You’re making yourself look like you wanted thesportsjudge to look.

    • nunan - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      how is this conversation with yourself going? i think you’d probably get more of a reaction if you actually said something of value. Instead, you’re just crying and crying about your team who is losing..making up excuses. The result: nobody cares what you say bc nobody takes you seriously.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      If you’re watching just the infractions committed against your team, you’re only going to see those.

    • bsfan77 - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      Sumkat was probably channel surfing, looking for figure skating and found this game! Even calls both ways. Bad calls both ways. Stop crying and go watch your figure skating.

    • thesportsjudge - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM


  5. slaugin - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    It’s a damn good game with 2 teams that are similar in a lot of ways. The game has a playoff feel

  6. killerpgh - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Peirre McGuire wins the award for “Captain Obvious & Most Useless Comment During a Hockey Game” of the year during the 3rd period of today’s game. The Bruins are already shorthanded in a 1 goal game and Chara shots the puck over the glass from his own zone for a penalty and McGuire feels the need to say something like “I honestly feels Chara didn’t mean to do that.” No sh!T! Thanks for the great insider knowledge. Will some team please hire McGuire to get him off the air…

    • bsfan77 - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      Couldnt agree more! The commentators on NBC are aweful. We have these idiots to look foward all playoffs long too. They sound more and more like the other idiot Joe Buck by the day.

      • nunan - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        I don’t mind them. Obviously, i would rather have my hometown commentators but I like Emerick (sp?). Pierre has grown on me simply bc he’s always positive…everything and everyone is ‘incredible’. Kind of funny. I will say, during the finals last year, I was disappointed because you couldn’t hear any crowd-noise during what was a great series. I was almost just silent with the exception of commentary. Just annoying. Part of the ‘entertainment’ value of any sport is hearing how loud the crowd is getting and how the crowd reacts to certain things. I really hope they fix that.

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      You guys are lucky. I live on the east coast and occasionally try to watch Caps’ games. You listen to Craig Laughlin for a while and tell me you don’t want to stick an ice pick in your ear.

      Being a Kings’ fan and having NHL Center Ice, their color guy, Jim Fox, is a turd, talks waaaaaay too much, and tells us live what the players on the ice are thinking.

      I’ll take Pierre and Doc anytime.

  7. slaugin - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Kind of hard to blame it on the refs especially since the Flyers got 1:45 5 on 3 and can’t bury it. Also got a gift with that “hand pass” that should have led to an empty netter.

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