The Bruins Beat Down Philly

Today, the Boston Bruins traveled to Philadelphia for an Eastern Conference showdown with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Bruins are 30-9-9 on the season and lead the Eastern Conference in points with 69. The Flyers find themselves in a position to make the playoffs for the first time in several seasons and are 25-18-6 heading into this matchup. This is the last game for a week, with the All-Star game coming up. The Flyers ultimately failed before the All-Star break, and the Bruins beat down Philly.

On Thursday night, the Flyers playoff push took a hit in a 3-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on the road. Samuel Ersson turned away 17-of-20 shots in the game, but his team was shut out for the second time this season. The Flyers have now lost four straight games but have the most wins in the NHL since December.

The Struggles Continue

The Flyers continue to be out of sorts. The first period has been the story of the last week for Philly. It took only a little over four minutes for the Bruins to put shots in the back of the net. David Pastrnak continues to be a thorn in the side of Philly. He scores the first goal and last goal of the first period. Charlie McAvoy and Danton Heinen collect the other two. Zacha has two assists for Boston, and McAvoy and Carol collect one each. The faces of the Flyers tell the story.

The second period was not much better. The Flyers were able to get on the board late in the second with Tyson Foerster. Travis Snaheim passes the puck up ice to Foerster. Foerster is able to fight off Bruins defenseman Parker Wotherspoon. He makes his way to the net and puts a small amount of hope into the hearts of Flyers fans. Unfortunately, all that goal did was neutralize the goal that former Flyer Jame van Riemsdyk scored only 1:15 in the second. That also gave Pastrnak his third point of the game with an assist and an assist to Lindholm.

The Flyers’ bright spot on a dismal Saturday afternoon is Tyson Foerster. In the third period, the 22-year-old right winger scores his second goal of the game. Two shots on goal and two goals is a good afternoon for the young Philly star. That is spoiled by the sixth goal of the game for the Bruins. Cal Peterson is in goal after Errson was pulled. Charlie Coyle outskates Travis Sanheim, and Travis inadvertently tackles Peterson, allowing for the easy goal from Coyle.

Time For a Break

The Flyers have had the most frenzied month of any team in the league—from the head-spinning Cutter Gauthier-Jamie Drysdale trade to Owen Tippett’s lower-body injury to Carter Hart’s potential involvement in the latest Hockey Canada scandal, you can’t blame the Flyers for being exhausted. They’ve still put in some great performances, even in losses, but—whether you like it or not—outside noise has an effect on the locker room, and that can seep into on-ice performances. For a team as close as the Flyers, it would be naive to think that having all these events hit one right after the other wouldn’t take some toll. 

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It was nice having two solid goalie options while it lasted, but with Carter Hart’s indefinite leave of absence and increasingly uncertain future with the Flyers and Sam Ersson being thrown into the No. 1 spot, the Flyers are once again facing troubles in the goaltending department. Will they pull up someone from the pipeline, or do they run with Cal Peterson as a backup? At least they have the break to weigh out options.

Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.