For the first time since May 12, 2011, the Boston Bruins lost to the Philadelphia Flyers in Philly. The Bruins had won 10 straight against the Flyers in enemy territory but today they didn’t have what it took to go for 11. This is the 5th game in 7 that the Bruins have lost, and obvious today should be a sign that there are PLENTY of things for the black and gold to improve on. The Flyers haven’t had the best season this year but you wouldn’t know it based on the game they played today.
Tuukka Rask would get the loss stopping 19-of-21 shots. Meanwhile Philly’s Ilya Bryzgalov was a brick wall stopping 33-of-34.
The Flyers opened up the shooting scoring their fifth power play goal in a row and they scored it against the NHL’s top penalty kill unit. Mike Knuble would get the credit for that goal, scoring with less than five remaining in the first period. It wouldn’t be long into the second period that Matt Read would put Philly up 2-0. Bryzgalov was making save after save for his team and ultimately that is what kept them ahead.
In the third the Bruins would attempt a comeback with Nathan Horton scoring his 10th of the season, with Dennis Seidenberg getting the assist. Eventually the B’s would pull Rask and not soon after the Flyers would score an empty netter sealing the win for the team.
This game marked the return of Johnny Boychuk who had missed the past few games with an injury.
The problem with the Bruins at this point is that one line is producing during games while the others aren’t doing anything. Coach Claude Julien seconds this notion saying after the game:
“We’re not able to sustain much. Every game we’ve got one line thats scoring & 3 lines that aren’t doing a thing” (Via Joe Haggerty)
If the Bruins want to get back on track they need to start playing “Bruins hockey”. Unfortunately they don’t have much time between now and their next game as they’ll continue their roadie into Buffalo tomorrow to take on the Sabres.