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One of the most important weeks of the season for the Philadelphia Flyers has not gone too well. After losing in New York to the Rangers on Tuesday and blowing a lead at home against the Penguins on Thursday, the Flyers headed to Boston to take on the Bruins.
Both teams were off to slow starts when the puck dropped at TD Bank Garden to start the first. A shot was not fired on net by either team until about six or seven minutes in. The Flyers went to the power play early in the game thanks to a trip by David Krejci, but were shut down by the best penalty killers in the league.
About eleven minutes into the first, Kimmo Timonen was the next one to sit for two. When Andrej Meszaros, who returned to the lineup today, failed to clear the puck, Tyler Seguin scored his eighth of the year on a feed from Lucic.
In less than two minutes after that, Chris Kelly extended the Bruins’ lead to two, and a minute after that, Daniel Paille made the Flyers’ deficit 3-0 thanks to a turnover by Sean Couturier. In a span of just three or four minutes, the Boston Bruins went off, scoring three goals. To say the least, a very bad period for the Flyers.
After a hectic first period in which three of six Bruins’ shots found the back of the net, a very quiet second period followed.
Eleven minutes into the second, Zac Rinaldo laid a huge hit on Johnny Boychuk in the corner. In response to this, he dropped the gloves with a tough customer in Shawn Thornton, and Rinaldo was taken to the ground.
The Flyers found themselves in a hole, still trailing 3-0, but now heading into the final period.
In the third period, the hot Flyers power play had two chances to go to work. However, Jakub Voracek finding the post was the closest they came to scoring. The score would not change after the 6:29 mark of the first period, as the Boston Bruins hung on to win by a final score of 3-0.
Ultimately, this game was over and done with in the first period. In the span of about 4 minutes, the Boston Bruins scored three goals which would be unanswered. With this win, the Bruins take over the first spot in the East, while the Flyers drop their third straight game.
The Philadelphia Flyers’ power play had four opportunities to put one by Rask. However, the Bruins, who coming into this game were effective 91.9% of the time on the penalty kill, shut them down. Rask hung on for his second shutout of the season.
The Flyers will now head home to take on the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow night, hoping to put an end to a three-game losing streak.
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