It was the second time this season that we saw the Bruins, and the first one didn’t go too well. Our first game of the season was a 2-1 loss to Boston with our lone goal from Couturier. For the Flyers, they’d go without Nick Grossmann today as he was injured last game on a hit from Tom Wilson which meant that Andrew MacDonald would be reinserted into the lineup and started on a pair with Mark Streit.
Right off the start Nick Schultz fought, or tried to fight, McQuaid and to put it lightly, he lost. The Flyers got a power play out of that fight that we didn’t do much on, and shortly after that we saw something nobody wanted to see. We’ve seen Mason having issues as of late, the back injury at practice, the injury in our shootout win vs Ottawa, and this time just seven minutes in, he goes down to make and save and fails to get back up. He eventually does skate off on his own power but Ray Emery will take over in goal for the rest of the game. Who else but David Pastrnak to score the 1st of game, which would be the 1st of his career. How many players have scored their 1st NHL goals vs the Flyers? Too many, is the answer.
The second period started good when the Flyers killed off the remaining time on the Andrew MacDonald penalty. There was a lot of hitting, and the refs kept a strong leash on the game calling penalties throughout the 2nd period. As the Flyers went on their 3rd powerplay, they were still looking for their first shot of the game on the man advantage, and while that did happen, no goal did and another unused chance. Dougie Hamilton’s play today was very comparable to what O. Ekman-Larsson did when he kept Voracek from accomplishing anything offensively when we played Arizona; those two are going to quickly be looked at as elite defensemen.
For the 3rd straight game, the Flyers would enter the 3rd period within a goal of tying the game. After Krug and Couturier collide and both go slowly to the bench, Pastrnak strikes again as Krejci set him up, and it became 2-0 Boston. Read had a lot of chances the entire game but failed to capitalize on any of them. The Flyers got their 4th powerplay chance of the game, and a goal finally came from one! Except, it was a Bruins goal. Yes, Chris Kelly scores on a 2-on-1 shorthanded chance with Eriksson to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead. Finally the Flyers score as Giroux beats Rask on the powerplay to make it a 2-goal game. With an assist on Giroux’s goal, Voracek becomes the first player to get 50 points on the season. A good push late which included some good chances, just wasn’t enough to salvage a point and the Flyers fall 3-1. David Pastrnak was easily the 1st star of the game, and was just about one second too late on an empty net goal from getting a hat trick. The next game, well, we get to see the Steven Stamkos show as we see Tampa on Monday. Watch for Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov to also have big offensive games as we will possibly have Emery in net, with our lackluster defense.