The Flyers lost to the Bruins 3-2 in overtime. Brad Marchand had the last two goals that tied and then won the game for the Bruins. Mason managed 34 saves on 37 shots against him.
Well. That sucked. 14.1 seconds. The Flyers had two points, they were right there waiting to be taken so that they could come closer to the wildcard spot. Wayne Simmonds was called for tripping with two minutes and 3 seconds left in the game and whether it was or was not a penalty (really didn’t look like one) is now in the past. The Bruins pulled Tuukka Rask to have a two-man advantage (6-on-4) and Brad Marchand scored toward the end of the power play. With the score tied, the game went into overtime and 3:52 minutes into OT Marchand scored his second goal of the night to win it. Marchand’s deflection goal wouldn’t have been a problem if Jake Voracek’s second goal earlier in the third period wasn’t disallowed due to incidental contact with the goaltender. Voracek’s goal would have given the Flyers a 3-1 lead a few seconds after Chris VandeVelde deflected a shot from Nick Schultz.
Steve Mason once again was stellar for the Flyers. If it was not for him, the Flyers very well could have been down by several goals the entire game. Mason’s gymnastic performance kept the Flyers from being down the whole game, but once again he came up with nothing to show for it.
One bright side from the last few games has been Ryan White, who has been everything we could have hoped for and more. He brings a lot to the lineup such as physicality without stupid plays, speed, and puck control. He fits well with the team and many call him what they expected Zac Rinaldo to be. Even with the up and down performances lately, we shouldn’t forget what the Flyers really are. Inconsistent. Inconsistency will haunt this team for a while and while they play like this, unable to hold off teams and not take dumb penalties, they won’t be likely to make a playoff run.