By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers head to Boston to take on the Bruins just 24 hours after a rough loss to the Penguins. It hasn’t been an easy month of March for the Flyers as they’ve lost four straight, desperately needing a rebound game before they slide any further in the standings.
First period: The Flyers got an early powerplay as Pastrnak caught Simmonds with a high-stick that drew blood, so it was a double minor. The Flyers capitalized just eight seconds in as Patrick had a beautiful pass to Voracek who scored on a wide open net. They didn’t score on the second powerplay opportunity. Patrick giveth, Patrick taketh away as his failed clear led to the Bruins tying the game up at one. A late breakaway by Gionta with just 25 seconds left in the period gave the Bruins the lead heading to the first intermission.
Second period: A much calmer, boring period overall with the lone goal coming from Lehtera whilst shorthanded. The game was filled with ticky-tack calls early, but through most of the second period the refs let them play.
Third period: Neither team went to hard as tried to keep the game tied. With 22 seconds left the Bruins snuck one past Lyon, giving them a the win and another soul crushing loss by the Flyers.
Takeaways: It’s the third time in four years the Bruins have had a crazy win against the Flyers in March. The others resulted in the Flyers missing the playoffs, so lets hope the Flyers can right the ship soon and not fall to the curse yet again. It was just another lackluster effort from the Flyers, especially late as they went into turtle mode even with a tie game.
Three stars of the game:
3) Tuukka Rask
2) Brad Marchand
1) David Pastrnak
PHI: Voracek (Patrick, Giroux)
BOS: Nash (Miller, Pastrnak)
BOS: Gionta (Wingels, Chara)
PHI: Lehtera, (Filppula, Gudas)
BOS: Marchand (Pastrnak, Chara)
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