It’s a season that resembles watching a train wreck the (13-16-7) Philadelphia Flyers once again lowered the bar of incompetence. Not putting a shot on goal until the 9:19 mark of the first when Ivan Provorov sent a weak wrist shot at Tuukka Rask who saw his first action since June. Rask turned aside 25 of the measly 27 Flyers shots to backstop a 3-2 Boston Bruins win that improves the B’s to a 21-11-2 record. The Flyers Free Fall Continues.
Let Me Guess, Another One Man Show.
For the second straight game, yes, it was a one-man show, unfortunately for Philadelphia, it was a bad guy in the person of, David Pastrnak. At the 1:51 mark, Pastrnak picked up his 14th of the season with help from Taylor Hall and Erik Haula.
Four minutes later, Pastrnak notched goal 15 that was set up by the most hated guy in hockey..except in Boston, Brad “Rat Face” Marchand and Charlie McAvoy. Despite the euphoria, Marchand refrained from kissing or licking anyone. The Flyers put up a collective yawn as the period came to an end with the 2-0 Bruins edge.
Please Tell Me it Gets Better
Ok, but…Cam Atkinson tipped in an Ivan Prorov shot and Joel Frabee beat Rask just seven minutes later to kick it up at 2-2. Pastrnak had the dagger that killed the Flyers comeback with 3:15 left in the second that secured hat trick and marked the last goal in the Flyers six-game losing skein.
“He didn’t have a ton of work in terms of volume. He’s used to that a little bit around here,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said about Rask. “That’s kind of how we play. We’re pretty good at limiting volume and D-zone stuff, for the most part, trying to keep it outside”
Dis and Dat
Carter Hart turned 33 of the 36 Bruins shots. As noted, the Flyers have now dropped six in a row. The power play had Philly going 1 of 4 with Boston notching a pair of 4 cracks. The Flyers Free Fall Continues.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.