Flyers’ mistakes by the lake cost them in the 7-3 loss to the Bruins. If you are gonna get beat on Primetime on National television is probably not the best time to do it. Basking in the beauty of Lake Tahoe, the Philadelphia Flyers (8-4-3) exhibited their issues are simply not short term.
The Boston Bruins (11-3-2) distinguished between quality and mediocrity with a 7-3 dismantling of Philadelphia on Sunday night. The Flyguys seemed ok in the first period and seemingly exorcised their ghosts. David Pasternak (3g) put one behind Carter Hart to stake Boston to an early lead with just :34 played.
The lamplighter seemed to doom the Orange but, they kept working and got tallies from Joel Farabee (1g) with help from Sean Couturier and James Van Riemsdyk. The marker seemed to ignite team Philadelphia as they kept working and eventually cashed in eight minutes later when Sean Couturier (1g,1a) gave the Flyers a 2-1 edge.
That lasted all of 45 seconds when Connor Clifton and the guy everyone loves to hate, Brad Marchand set up Charlie McAvoy to close the stanza with a 2-2 tie. More good news, Philly finally got double digits in shots on goals and bettered Boston, 11-8.
Things took a drastic turn and the Flyers came back to the team they have been. They fired 3, yes 3 shots on goal and suffered a four-goal Boston onslaught courtesy of another from Pasternak, Charlie Coyle (1g), Trent Frederic (1g). Finally, Nick Ritchie and the Bruins could coast in the final twenty minutes with a 6-2 advantage.
Philly finally got a man-up goal at 12:43 with James Van Riemsdyk (1G, 2a) cashing in off a pretty setup from Kevin Hayes and Ivan Provorov. Sadly, it was a blip on the radar and Pasternak collected his hat trick five minutes later to lick the envelope on this game.
Dis and Dat
Carter Hart was pulled after allowing 6 goals off 23 shots. Brian Elliott stepped in and stopped 11 of 12 Bruin shots. For Boston, the always steady Tuuka Rask turned away 16 shots while allowing three goals. The root of the Flyers evil is shots on goal both ways. They fired 11 in the first period but only eight over the final forty minutes.
Once again, Carter Hart was barraged and the Flyers, as a team allowed a whopping 35 shots. Both teams went 1 for 3 on the advantage which puts Philadelphia an anemic 1 for 8 since the ten-day layoff. Faceoffs were fairly even with Boston having the edge, 27-24. Patrice Bergeron was a fantastic 12 of 16.
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