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After winning their last two games, the Philadelphia Flyers were unable to continue the trend on Saturday afternoon as they fell to the Boston Bruins 3-1. Claude Giroux had the lone Flyers goal (a PPG). David Pastrnak scored two for the Bruins, including the first of his NHL career, and Chris Kelly had the additional Boston goal. In net, Ray Emery allowed three goals on 13 shots, while Tuukka Rask made 24 of 25 saves.
The action started early in this one, as Adam McQuaid and Nick Schultz dropped the gloves just seven seconds in. Schultz lost the fight, but the Flyers ended up benefitting regardless – McQuaid went off with a two-minute penalty for instigating, a five-minute penalty for fighting, and a 10-minute game misconduct, while Schultz only got five for fighting. Philadelphia was unable to capitalize on the early man advantage, and with forty seconds left in McQuaid’s penalty, Vincent Lecavalier took one for hooking to negate the 5-on-4.
A scary moment happened just under seven minutes in when Steve Mason made a kick save and then stayed down on his back on the ice, in obvious pain. Mason’s been dealing with back issues for the last few weeks and even had an MRI earlier this week, but it’s clear he’s still struggling. It took him a short while, but he eventually got to his skates on his own accord and gingerly made his way off the ice and down the tunnel, and was replaced by Emery in net. Mason came away with five saves in his short amount of time in the game.
Pastrnak’s first goal, the first of his NHL career (of course) came off of a terrible rebound in front of the Flyers’ net at 11:23. The defense didn’t do much to prevent it from happening – anyone else having deja vu? – but Emery didn’t help himself much either.
Aside from two other penalties – Campbell (BOS) for slashing and MacDonald (PHL) for hooking – the rest of the period went by with little fanfare. MacDonald’s penalty came at 19 minutes in, so the Bruins began the second period on the man advantage.
The Flyers were able to kill off MacDonald’s penalty in the first minute of the second period, as well as the lone additional penalty they took in the second – Mark Streit for hooking. The Bruins took a too many men on the ice call, served by Pastrnak, but the Flyers weren’t able to do anything in the way of scoring. It was a relatively quiet period, where the Bruins seemed to outplay the Flyers, but Philadelphia came away leading in shots 16-14 (8-4 in the second) heading into the final 20 minutes of play.
Just about five minutes into the third, Pastrnak scored his second of the game to give the Bruins a two-goal lead. McQuaid took a holding penalty (one of a few penalties he served today) at 8:56, and less than a minute later, Kelly’s shorthanded goal put the Bruins up 3-0 and appeared to put the proverbial nail in the Flyers’ coffin. McQuaid took another penalty just over 14 minutes in, and the Flyers showed a brief sign of life when Giroux scored on the powerplay.
Unfortunately, Giroux’s goal did little to wake the Flyers up, and they were unable to build a comeback in the short amount of time they had left to play, ending the game leading in shots 25-18 but with little to show for it.
The Flyers will attempt to recover from this loss, more than likely with Rob Zepp either starting or serving as backup, on Monday when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning.