Philly In a charitable mood tonight. The Flyers hand Bruins overtime win in 5-4 disappointment. The Philadelphia Flyers went to Boston to play their first road game of the season and it didn’t end so well, despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead off the sticks of a power-play goal from Captain Claude Giroux (1g) and the second of the season from James Van Riemsdyk. Team Philadelphia could not answer the Boston onslaught.
Dropping a very winnable game, Philadelphia once again allowed 40 shots and suddenly, Carter Hart is looking very average. With the restructured season, no team can afford to hand games away. Boston dominated from the faceoff circle, going 33 of 22. While that is not necessarily critical, it is attention-worthy.
Hart started off great. Carter stopped everything the Bruins could muster. But, the final stanza was a House of Horrors as he allowed four goals. The defense in front of him was nearly nonexistent.
The bright spot? James Van Riemsdyk notched two goals and Jake (never bad mouth him) Voracek and Kevin Hayes each registered a pair of assists.
To compound the Philly defensive woes, after a dismal four shots on goal in the first period against Buffalo, Flyer wingers said, “hold my beer and registered an unseemly three Thursday night.
Alain Vigneault needs to make adjustments as soon as yesterday. No offense, porous defense, and a suddenly shaky phenom goaltender. A team that had so much promise is suddenly falling into an abyss. It’s certainly not too late to patch the ship. But, something needs to be done and quickly.
If the Flyers continue to hand the Bruins overtime win and other teams in this fashion this can be a long shortened season. For more coverage click here.