Boston Bruins 2, Philadelphia Flyers 5: What is Defense?

David Krejci (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

David Krejci (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

Tonight the Bruins arrived in Philadelphia with every intention of winning and came out strong.However, due to giveaways and turnovers, the Bruins sank to a 5-3 loss against the Flyers.

The first period Scott Hartnell was able to get the Flyers on the board within the opening minutes, as his teammates transitioned the puck through the neutral zone and into the offensive zone where Hartnell would wrist a quick shot by Anton Khudobin for a 1-0 lead.  However, the Bruins didn’t give up and kept the momentum going, the tying goal coming from Wade Redden, his first in 23 games. Redden was all over the ice for the first twenty minutes, registering at least three shots on goal, sinking one of them. He was playing arguably his best game of hockey since the season began.  Through twenty minutes the Bruins and Flyers were tied at one, their biggest focus being giveaways.

They carried some momentum with them into the second period, with Shawn Thornton trying to give a little more as he squared off with Jay Rosehill. Unfortunately, the momentum swung a little too much in the other direction as Matt Read was able to balance a bouncing puck and beat Dobby for a 2-1 lead with under half of the period remaining. Under seven secons later, Zdeno Chara tossed the puck from the corner in front to Khudobin to play it, with a bounce sending it off of the blade and into the net for a 3-1 Flyers lead. A visibly frustrated Anton Khudobin left the ice for Rask to fill in and went down the tunnel for the remainder of the frame, Seguin and Marchand riding the pine as well.

As the third period began the lines were noticeably changed with Jaromir Jagr alongside Marchand and Bergeron with Seguin being bumped down to the Krejci and Lucic line. The third line consisted of Peverley, Kelly and Soderberg, leaving Campbell with Paille and Thornton. However, they didn’t seem to be enough as Voracek was able to get through the neutral zone and breakaway into the offensive zone all alone with Chara providing weak back checking. As Tuukka sprawled, his shot went between the legs and in for a 4-1 lead just over six minutes into the frame.  At 8:20 David Krejci provided the Bruins with an inkling of hope to cling to as he patiently held onto the puck and earned his first point in five games and second in his last nine, cutting the Flyers lead 4-2. Before that goal was even able to be registered, the Flyers added another tally as Simon Gagne capitalized on another turnover, putting them up 5-2 with 11:27 remaining in regulation.

With 7:20 remaining the Bruins reinserted Anton Khudobin in net with the thought of, it can’t get much worse than it is right now. However, the best thing about the change is that no other goals were scored. The final score was 5-3 as the Bruins failed to earn an extra advantage on the Canadiens in the standings once again. For now they still sit in first with a game at hand over the Habs, and look to right the ship in Boston against Benny and the Bolts on Thursday.


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