Is it time to panic? Flyers Come out Listless and Drop One to the Bruins, 6-1. The season looked bright for our Philadelphia Flyers who have fallen to 3-2-1 after getting their doors blown off by the surging 3-1-1 Boston Bruins.
The upside? Boston only fired 26 shots on the suddenly human, Carter Hart. The bad side? Hart allowed six shots to get behind him. As I wrote earlier, with the shortened season, an extended losing streak will be lethal this season. 26 shots, while a tad high should be a manageable hurdle. Is Hart suffering from a confidence issue or, has he been figured out?
Patrice Bergeron (2g,1a) put the home Bruins in front before Kevin Hayes (1g) knotted things up. That, basically signaled the end of this game with Boston going on a five goal run that made a statement. Bergeron added a second before singles from Charlie Coyle, and Craig Smith.
In Philadelphia, the only thing worse than Sidney Crosby notching a pair would have to be witnessing a pair from Brad Marchand to ice the 6-1 Bruin domination. The Flyguys only managed 17 shots on the Boston netminder, Jaroslav Halák.
Coach Alain Vigneault is in charge of a smoldering dumpster fire. The porous defense and a stumbling goaltender needed to be rectified. Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek seem to be stuck in first gear and break out games are needed from the team leaders. Hart has struggled in three of his four starts. In his defense, and even in this one, the defense has been pedestrians.
Things need to be righted and quickly. The Flyers have suddenly found themselves on a trend of nonchalance. “Is it time to panic?” remains the question. For more coverage click here.