Bruins 3, Flyers 2: Philadelphia surrenders fifth consecutive defeat

Updated: March 8, 2018 at 11:38 pm by John Gove

With the sky currently falling in Philadelphia, the Flyers looked to put an end to their four-game losing streak Thursday night at the TD Garden against the Boston Bruins.

First Period

Just a minute-and-a-half into the game, the Flyers were given a golden opportunity to go ahead early. Kevan Miller was dealt a double-minor for a high stick that made Wayne Simmonds bleed. Nine seconds into Philadelphia’s first power play, Nolan Patrick picked up a rebound off a Claude Giroux shot and dealt it to Jakub Voracek who put the puck in the back of the net for his 16th of the season. The power play clock would then reset, starting part two of the double-minor. Unfortunately, the Bruins were able to prevent any further bleeding while a man down.

The Flyers lead would almost make it to the midway point of the opening period. However, the Bruins turned things up and poured on a fury of shots on Alex Lyon, eventually leading to a tally from Riley Nash. His 13th goal of the season evened up the score at one 9:14 into the period.

The rest of the period would move along with a lot of energy and plenty of momentum swings. All signs pointed to the game being knotted up after the first period of play. Then, bad refereeing and Brian Gionta happened. One of the newest additions to the Bruins roster capitalized on a breakaway opportunity, which was the result of a terrible no-call, scoring his first goal for Boston and giving his team a 2-1 lead with just 26 seconds left in the period. It was quite a blow for the Flyers to take after putting together a solid 20 minutes against the second-best team in the Eastern Conference.

Second Period

It appeared as though the refs felt bad for their poor no-call and felt the need to pay the Flyers back early on in the second period. Torey Krug was called for a holding penalty against Voracek which was just a bad call. Unfortunately, Philadelphia could not take advantage of the powerplay gift, and they remained down by a goal after the two minutes were up.

At 13:32 of the second, Oskar Lindblom was called for a slash, putting the Bruins on the powerplay. Luckily the Flyers were the only team to score on Boston’s man-advantage. Jori Lehtera (yes, you read that correctly) evened the score at two with a short-handed goal, giving him a whopping three goals on the season.

There would be plenty of more action in the middle period but no more scoring. After 40 minutes of play both the Flyers and Bruins would enter their respective locker rooms with two goals to their names.

Third Period

The final period of regulation had plenty going on. There were plenty of scoring chances, a few more in the Bruins favor, but neither team could put in the go-ahead goal as the clock dwindled down to the final minutes of the third.

With three minutes remaining, both the Flyers and Bruins had moments where they controlled the momentum. As the game reached the final minute of play, it appeared as though the game would head to over time. Then, Pastrnak and Marchand applied pressure in front of Philadelphia’s net, resulting in a goal by Marchand to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead with 22 seconds left to play.

Unfortunately, there was simply not enough time for the Flyers to come back and they suffered their fifth consecutive loss.

Final Thoughts

Before the opening faceoff, it would not have been ridiculous to think that the Flyers were going to get blown out against the Bruins. The team had suffered a tough loss to their biggest rivals just the night before and now had to face the second-best team in the East on the road. However, Philadelphia put up quite the fight and stayed in the game until the very end. Still, at this point in the year, a loss is a loss. The Flyers simply cannot afford to go through the kind of losing streak they are experiencing right now. The orange and black need to turn things around immediately. Unfortunately, the schedule does not get much easier as their next two games are against the Jets and Golden Knights.

 

 

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